Conor Wilkinson Signed

Walsall Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of Conor Wilkinson from Leyton Orient on a two-year deal.

The striker will officially join the club on July 1st upon the expiry of his contract at the Breyer Group Stadium.

Wilkinson has spent the last two seasons with Orient in Sky Bet League Two. He scored 20 times overall with 15 of them coming during the 2020/21 campaign.

The 26-year-old began his career at Millwall’s academy before he joined Bolton Wanderers in 2013.

He made 17 appearances for the Trotters, seven coming while they were in the Championship. He also worked with Saddlers Technical Director Jamie Fullarton during his time at the University of Bolton stadium.

The forward enjoyed loan spells at Chester, Torquay United, Oldham Athletic, Barnsley, Newport County, Portsmouth and Chesterfield before leaving the University of Bolton Stadium for Sky Bet League One side Gillingham in the summer of 2017.

He played a total of 50 matches for the Gills before he moved to National League club Dagenham & Redbridge in November 2018, initially on loan, before making the move permanent in January 2019 and ended the 2018-19 season with 12 goals which prompted Leyton Orient to sign him later that summer.

Wilkinson is pleased to put pen to paper on a two-year contract at the Banks’s Stadium and is looking forward to working with Fullarton and Head Coach Matt Taylor.

“I’m very excited,” he said.

“Once I met Jamie and I met the manager it was a no brainer for me.

“I’ve had a fair few offers in the window but this one came to me and made a lot of sense for me.

“I’ve worked with Jamie before during my time at Bolton and I felt like I was at my best form under him. He got me going and he knew how to get the best out of me.

“I met Matt a couple of weeks ago. He and I have spoken more than I’ve spoken to my girlfriend.

“When I met him, no one had ever broken-down football like that to me before, the way he spoke and the way he knew the game. I was driving home from the meeting and I was amazed because I’ve never met a manager who has shown me that side of football.

“From goalkeeper to striker, everyrthing was breathtaking.”

Saddlers Head Coach Matt Taylor believes Wilkinson will be a great addition to the squad.

“I’m extremely happy,” Taylor said.

“He’s a player Jamie and I have worked tirelessly hard with along with the rest of the club to secure his signature and I feel it’s a real show of intent from the football club that we were able to compete for a player of Conor’s stature for Walsall.

“It gives me another level of excitement in terms of what Conor can bring into the team and to the football club.

“There are expectations on him to score goals, that’s what he’s been brought in for but I’m confident he can deal with that.”

The transfer is also subject to EFL and FA Clearance.

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15 goals last season, that’ll do me.

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A solid signing. Happy with that.

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Happy Friday. Pleased with this.

(He will score 3 in our first home game as we win 4-2; lump on)

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That’s a good signing. I’m pleased with this.

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Fantastic signing. Exceedingly happy. Great work by those behind the scenes.

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Really good to hear his comments on Matt & Jamie. Really positive news.

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A great start for our first signing. :grin::grin::grin:

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Not heard of him tbh. What’s he like ? Prolific?

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Good age and a better scoring ratio then Gordon and Lavery (twice as good in the latter’s case). If he can get double figures and more players around him contributing it would be a good start to the turn around.

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Will be on some whack for us in terms of wages as well so shows some intent in that area too.

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Good signing and he knows where the back of the net is :+1:. Apparently rejected a new offer at Orient to join us.

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I’m struggling to think about the last time we signed a proven striker first in the transfer window. Really pleased with this.

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Good age seems to know where the net is and I’d say a Fullerton signing more than Taylor’s as he’s worked with him in the past,looking forward to seeing who else we have lined up in our management teams phone books,things might just be looking up at last.

First league goal was against us

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Reading the quotes from Taylor are literally a breath of fresh air and players actually want to play for him, unbelievable.

More of these sorts of signings over the next few weeks please :clap:

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Perfect time to score 15 in the other net now then this season, I’m really pleased with this :+1:t2:

And me mate I’m pleased for us all. I really am.

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