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Adam Chambers a Walsall doubt as Isaiah Osbourne and Josh Gordon arrive

By Joseph Masi | Walsall FC | Published:

Walsall made their ninth and tenth signings of the summer on what proved to be a busy deadline day at the Banks’s Stadium.

The Saddlers re-signed midfielder Isaiah Osbourne on a free transfer and snapped up striker Josh Gordon for an undisclosed fee yesterday.

Both now look set to go straight into Dean Keates’ squad for the clash at Scunthorpe tomorrow.

Gordon signed for the Foxes from Stafford Rangers in April last year and went onto score six goals in 27 Premier League 2 matches.

“Josh is chomping at the bit to get back into men’s football,” Keates said.

“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.”

Osbourne has re-joined the Saddlers following a spell at Forest Green Rovers.

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He could now start at Glanford Park tomorrow with skipper Adam Chambers struggling with a foot injury.

“Isaiah has got a wealth of experience and brings some presence to the middle of the park,” Keates said.

“He knows the level and has played at a higher level.

“He’ll make it more competitive for places and will be a good addition to the squad.”

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Chambers was forced to come off at half-time during Walsall’s opening day win over Plymouth last weekend.

The 37-year-old has had an injection in his foot but is still touch and go for tomorrow’s game.

“He (Chambers) is sore,” Keates continued.

“We’re going to have to see how it settles down.

“We’ll see how the reports come back before we make a decision.”

New recruit Morgan Ferrier also came off against the Pilgrims but he looks set to retain his place at Glanford Park.

“He (Ferrier) had a bang, a lads fallen on top of him and he’s had a little bit of cramp,” Keates added.

“We took him off as a precaution to make sure he is okay for the week coming.”

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ - @josephmasi_star

Football journalist for the Express & Star covering Walsall FC.

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