Saul Shotton has become the latest promising West Brom youngster to leave the club on loan after completing a move to non-league Woking.
Centre half Shotton wasn’t involved in the Baggies U23s’ 1-1 draw with Reading on Friday afternoon, and the explanation behind his absence has now been revealed – he’s headed out on loan.
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Shotton, 19, signed for Albion after leaving Bury prior to the club going under in 2019, and he has been a regular in the club’s Premier League 2 side under Deon Burton during that time.
Now, though, comes an opportunity to test himself at a more senior level with the Cardinals, who play in the Vanarama National League and who kick off the season on Saturday against Jimmy Shan’s Solihull Moors – who themselves have borrowed Nick Clayton-Phillips from Albion.
Shotton’s loan spell, which is subject to FA approval, is set to last, at least initially, until January 1.
He made six senior appearances for the Shakers before their demise, and was handed his Albion debut by Slaven Bilic as a late substitute in the 1-0 FA Cup third round win at Charlton Athletic back in January of this year.
Shotton, who turns 20 next month, joins the aforementioned Clayton-Phillips, Alex Palmer, Callum Morton, Josh Griffiths, Finn Azaz and Rayhaan Tulloch in leaving the club on loan.