Walsall Football Club have appointed David Hamilton as chief scout.
The 48-year-old has previously worked with Saddlers’ boss Chris Hutchings at both Wigan Athletic and Derby County in a similar capacity.
During his playing career, Hamilton represented the likes of Blackburn, Wigan, Chester City and Burnley.
After retiring from professional football in 1991, he played at non-league level whilst continuing to study for his coaching badges, something he started at the age of 25.
In 1997, he joined Rochdale as youth team manager and went on to serve the Spotland club in a variety of capacities, including assistant manager and caretaker manager on two occasions.
He became Wigan’s first full-time chief scout when appointed in 2002 before following Hutchings to Derby County in 2007.
Since Hutchings’ appointment as manager at Banks’s Stadium in January, Hamilton has been a regular visitor to the club’s training ground and The Saddlers’ boss is delighted to have him on board in a full-time capacity.
“I have known David for a number of years and am looking forward to working with him once again,” he said.
“He is a conscientious worker and brings a lot to the table.
“It is important for a club like Walsall to have a dedicated chief scout who can oversee the scouting process.
“David’s primary tasks will be to identify talent across all levels and to provide me with detailed reports on our opposition.
“It is an important role and, having served the likes of Wigan and Derby over the course of the last seven years, is one that David knows inside out.”
“We had an excellent working relationship at both Wigan and Derby and feel sure that will continue here at Walsall.
“Chris and Martin (O’Connor) are both very ambitious and I am looking forward to helping them succeed at the Banks’s Stadium.”