George Dobson: "Hopefully, We Will Bounce Back at the First Attempt"

As Walsall's relegation to League Two has now been confirmed, Saddlers captain George Dobson has spoken to the local press and called upon the team to bounce back at the earliest opportunity.
Dobson, who has given the captains armband following injuries to Adam Chambers and Joe Edwards, clocked up forty-four appearances last season and is hoping to see the as yet unnamed new manager assemble a side capable of challenging at the top of League Two next season.

The Saddlers spent over a decade in League One and, with nineteen players out of contract this summer, will have their work cut out if they are to make their stay in the fourth tier a brief one, especially with the already low playing budget likely to be lowered following a disappointing campaign.

Speaking via the Express & Star, George said; "We have to try and get back at the first attempt. We’ll wait to see what the situation is with the new gaffer – whoever we get in.

"But hopefully, he will assemble a squad that is good enough to be challenging at the top next season. Hopefully, we will bounce back at the first attempt. We have to bounce back."

The 21-year-old, who returned to Banks's Stadium in January 2018 following an unsuccessful spell with Sparta Rotterdam, admitted that the pain of relegation was that much worse having been captain for much of the campaign.

George added; "I’ve been captain for almost the entire season so, for me, the team being relegated is gutting. Everybody is gutted. But to be captain when we have gone down, that hurts."
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