Walsall snap up former non-league FA Cup hero

Walsall have signed Birmingham City defender Dan Scarr on a two and a half year deal, as reported by the Blues official website.

The 24-year-old centre-back becomes the Saddlers fifth signing of the January transfer window, following Cameron Norman, Scott Laird, Omar Mussa and Matt Jarvis to the Bescot.

Birmingham signed Scarr from non-league Stourbridge in 2017 during the reign of Gianfranco Zola, but he’s only played one match for them since, the full 90 minutes of their EFL Cup clash against Reading this season.

The central defender started out in non-league with Worcester and also played for Causeway and Redditch, as well as Stourbridge. He played a starring role in the Glassboys’ historic run to the FA Cup third round, where they were eliminated by Wycombe.

It was with the Buckinghamshire side that Scarr finally experienced league football, spending last season on loan at Adams Park and helping Gareth Ainsworth’s side finish third in the table, earning promotion to League One.

Scarr was delighted with the move, telling the Saddlers official site; “I’m happy to get it done and over the line and I can’t wait to start playing now.

“I like to call myself a no-nonsense defender because defending comes first. I like to try to play when I can to try to set the team on counter-attacks.

“Hopefully, I can add a winning mentality and help the side pick up a few good results, keep some clean sheets and work our way back up the table.”


Our View

Scarr had a good season with Wycombe, but this is a step up. He might be dropping out of the Championship, but he hasn’t had a lot of game time at that level.

He’ll relish the chance to thrive under Dean Keates. He’s 6ft 2in and impressed on the non-league scene, but the move to Birmingham was a step too far. 

Don’t rule out seeing him in the Championship though, a regular run of games will certainly give him confidence.

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