Southampton have allowed Jack Rose to join League Two club Walsall on a season-long loan.
The 24-year-old was on West Bromwich Albion’s books as a youngster and is Saddlers boss Darrell Clarke’s eighth summer signing.
Rose has made nine English Football League appearances, in two previous short-term loans at Accrington Stanley (2014-15) and Crawley Town (2015-16). He has one year remaining on his current contract at Saints.
He will work under new Walsall goalkeeping coach Maik Taylor. Rose said: “I am over the moon to be with Walsall for the season.
“I am very excited to work under Maik Taylor, I used to watch him as a young lad when he was playing (at Birmingham City).”
The keeper is yet to make a senior first-team appearance for Saints and opportunities at St Mary’s this season will probably be low, as Alex McCarthy, Angus Gunn, and Fraser Forster are all ahead of him.
However, there could be even more of a shake-up in the goalkeeper department with Forster and McCarthy up for sale, Sky Sports reported last week.
They also claimed Ralph Hasenhuttl is looking to off-load players to raise transfer funds and make space within the wage budget to make further signings.