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.”