George Dobson hoping to follow in footsteps of other West Ham academy stars with Walsall loan

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The talented Hammers midfielder will be playing first-team football in League One next term.

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Talented West Ham United youngster George Dobson has admitted his delight at sealing a loan move to Walsall and admitted to the Hammers website that he wants to follow in the footsteps of his teammates Reece Burke and Josh Cullen by playing regular first-team football.

Dobson has been tipped as another bright future star for West Ham since joining from Arsenal's academy last summer, and he starred for the club's development sides last term.

The 18-year-old midfielder featured regularly as the Hammers academy side won the U21 Premier League Cup, and impressed so much that he was promoted to an appearance on the first-team substitutes bench for two late-season Premier League matches.

However, the teenager will have to wait for his competitive senior debut for the club as a deal has now been struck to take him to Walsall on loan for the entirety of next season.

West Ham's Reece Burke in action

Dobson admitted that he was looking forward to the challenge of playing at a higher level than youth football, and aimed to replicate the success of some of his academy teammates during his time in League One.

He told West Ham's website: "I can’t wait to get started. It’s a massive opportunity for me and one I’m really excited about and I just hope I can get as many games under my belt as possible. Playing in League One is a big step up, but one I’m confident I can adapt to.

"My plan was to go out on loan at some point this year, I just didn’t know when. Now it’s happened, I can’t wait to get started.

"Last season, Reece and Josh did brilliantly on loan at Bradford and if I do anywhere near as well then I’ll be happy. Hopefully I can make my professional debut sooner rather than later but I know I need to work hard to earn it."

As alluded to by Dobson, Burke and Cullen impressed hugely whilst on loan at Bradford City and have seen their stock rise as a result.

Cullen played 17 times in all competitions for the League One side after joining in February, while Burke spent the entirety of last season at the Bantams, scoring twice in 36 games and winning seven awards in the club's end-of-season honours.

Dobson will be desperate to enjoy that sort of success and stand himself in good stead for a role in the Hammers' first team in years to come.

West Ham's Josh Cullen in action with FC Astra's Fernando Boldrin

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