A former Sheffield Wednesday academy player has signed for Walsall, just two days before the Saddlers are due to face the Owls.

Hayden White has signed a permanent contract at the Bescot Stadium, where he could be involved against his old club on Saturday.

White spent time in Wednesday’s youth ranks and was offered a professional contract in 2013, which he rejected to join Bolton Wanderers.

The Owls received a compensation payout from Bolton, with whom the right-back went on to make his senior debut.

White, now 25, has since played for Carlisle United, Bury, Notts County, Blackpool, Peterborough United and Mansfield Town, but has yet to come up against Wednesday in a competitive fixture.

The former Wednesday forward, Forestieri. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Some Owls fans may remember him, however, as the Mansfield player tackled by Fernando Forestieri in a pre-season friendly between the two sides two years ago, to spark the incident for which the Argentine forward was later charged with racial abuse against Krystian Pearce.

White’s former Wednesday teammate, Caolan Lavery, is also on Walsall’s books.

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