Walsall to Sign Leyton Orient Striker Conor Wilkinson Walsall to Sign Leyton Orient Striker Conor Wilkinson
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Walsall to Sign Leyton Orient Striker Conor Wilkinson

The Saddlers have confirmed their first signing of the summer.
Conor Wilkinson to join the Saddlers.
Walsall have announced the signing of Leyton Orient striker Conor Wilkinson, who joins the club on a two-year deal.

The 26-year-old will officially join the club on July 1st upon the expiry of his contract with the Breyer Group Stadium club.
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.

Conor 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.

Speaking via the club's official website, Saddlers Head Coach Matt Taylor believes Wilkinson will be a great addition to the squad; "I’m extremely happy.
"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."
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