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Defensive duo set for loan spells

Young Albion defenders Jack Fitzwater and Kyle Howkins will spend the remainder of the season on loan to gain further EFL experience.

Fitzwater, 21, has rejoined Walsall, while Howkins, 22, will link up with League Two side Port Vale.

Having made 25 appearances for the Saddlers in the first half of the season, Fitzwater returned to The Hawthorns this month but has now linked up with the League One outfit once more.

Fitzwater's first loan spell was at Forest Green Rovers at the start of the 2017/18 season, before joining the Saddlers for the first time at the end of that campaign, making 16 appearances.

Meanwhile, Howkins will join the Valiants on loan, making it his second loan spell at Vale Park, having spent time with the Staffordshire club at the end of last season, where he played 10 times.

The 22-year-old centre-back played his first EFL games while on loan at Mansfield Town, featuring 20 times for the Stags, who he would later make his Albion debut against in August 2018.

His only other Albion appearance was against Crystal Palace in the third round of this season's Carabao Cup.

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