Dawson believes he has plenty to learn from the veteran Northern Ireland international - who has clocked up almost 400 appearances in just under ten years as a professional.
"Gareth's a top man," said the 23-year-old to the WBA website. "He's got so much experience.
"He's a leader on the pitch and a great guy off it.
"He's played so many games now and has so much experience that can help me.
"I've had two games in the team now and it's been great for me to play."