Albion sign Dawson from Dale

The 20-year-old centre-half has penned a three-year deal, with the
option of a fourth but he will remain at Dale for the rest of this
season. Last season was the player’s first as a professional having
been plucked from non-league Radcliffe Borough in 2009 and he
played a major part in Dale’s promotion to the third tier, grabbing
11 goals along the way. Sporting and technical director Dan
Ashworth said: “We’re delighted to welcome Craig to the club. “He
is an excellent young prospect who we have thoroughly scouted. “We
tracked him for the whole of last season, watching him around 20
times in League Two, and he has started this season well in League
One as well as impressing against Premier League and Championship
opposition in the Carling Cup. “As a club, we’ve often talked about
having an underbelly of players who will be ready to challenge for
a first-team place in a couple of years’ time.”