Walsall sign Josh Gordon from Leicester City
Josh Gordon has become Walsall’s second signing on a busy deadline day after joining from Leicester on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The striker was snapped up by the Foxes from non-league Stafford Rangers last year and went on to score six goals in 27 outings in Premier League 2.
He previously spent eight years with hometown club Stoke before spells in non-league with Newcastle Town and Nantwich Town.
The striker also played alongside Walsall boss Dean Keates during a stint in Wales with Rhyl.
Gordon featured for Leicester in friendlies against Valencia and Lille this summer. But he wanted to leave the Premier League side in order to get back playing first-team.
“I’m glad to be back in men’s football and hopefully I can prove myself in the league,” he said.
“Playing under-23s football has helped me with the development side of the game but I need to play men’s football now.
“I believe this club will help me progress and improve my game.
“I know the gaffer from Rhyl – I played with him there once and he’s got good expectations for the club.
“The way he was talking about how he wants the team to play and where he wants the club to go, it was music to my ears.
“I’ve played men’s football since I was 16 so I can deal with the physicality. I’m strong, quick and I’ll work hard.
“I’ve always been able to score goals so hopefully I’ll do that here.”
Boss Keates added: “Josh is chomping at the bit to get back into men’s football.
“He was prolific in non-league, went into the under-23s with Leicester and scored goals there.
“He had a couple of opportunities with the first team in pre-season – playing in the games against Valencia and Lille – and did really well.
“I’m delighted to get the deal over the line, he’ll be here for the next few years.”