Dawson joins on loan

Defender agrees temporary switch from West Brom

Bolton Wanderers have completed the signing of Craig Dawson from West Bromwich Albion on a loan deal until 27 April.

The 22-year-old moved to the Hawthorns in August 2010 and has so far made three appearances for Steve Clarke’s side this season.

The centre-back joined the Premier League side after making over 50 appearances for former club Rochdale, who he rejoined on loan for the 2010/11 season. 

Dawson, who represented Team GB at the Summer Olympics, then made his top-flight debut against Swansea in September 2011 and has gone on to make 15 senior appearances for the Baggies to date.

Dougie Freedman said: “I’ve worked very hard to try and get Craig to come on board. He had four or five different options and it is good news that he wants to come and play for us.

“When I spoke to him he indicated that he was very keen to come here. He made the decision – and fair play to West Brom for letting him make that decision – because he wants to come to a club where he feels he can improve.

“I want to sign players that want to be here and Craig has decided that this move gives him the chance to improve. That’s exactly the kind of player I want.”

The England Under-21 international defender is cup-tied and will be unable to feature against Everton on Saturday, but could be in-line to make his Bolton debut against Watford on 2 February.
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