Town Confirm Wilson Signing
Friday, 2nd Aug 2019 12:34
Town have confirmed the signing of trialist central defender James Wilson on a short-term deal which runs to January 1st.
A fortnight ago TWTD revealed that Wilson was training with the Blues squad with a view to winning a contract.
The 30-year-old, who has been given the number five shirt, subsequently made appearances in the friendlies against Colchester, Notts County and Cambridge and impressed boss Paul Lambert.
“He's just done really well, James,” he said. “I think he’s a really good footballer, he’s not frightened to go in where it hurts, he's got experience as well in that area. To go with two really young ones [Luke Woolfenden and Corrie Ndaba] would be a big, big ask.”
Ex-Walsall central defender Jon Guthrie has also been on trial but Wilson’s signing seems certain to end the Blues’ interest in the 27-year-old.
Town have been in need of experienced cover at centre-half with Toto Nsiala out for around another three weeks with the hamstring injury he picked up at the Interwetten Cup, while skipper Luke Chambers is suspended from Saturday’s opening game at Burton having been sent off in the 3-2 victory over Leeds on the last day of 2018/19.
Newport-born Wilson, who will know Blues keeper-coach Jimmy Walker from his time at Lincoln, started his career with Bristol City before moving on loan to Brentford and then Cheltenham on loan.
A two-year spell with Oldham between 2014 and 2016 followed before he joined Sheffield United.
However, his two-season stint at Bramall Lane - including their 2016/17 League One promotion campaign - saw him make only a handful of appearances and Wilson, who also operates at right-back, joined Walsall on loan during 2017/18 before making a permanent switch to the Imps in January 2018.
Capped by Wales once at full level in addition to appearances for the U19s and U21s, Wilson’s contract at Lincoln was cancelled by mutual consent at the end of June as he had been unable to command a regular place in the side at Sincil Bank as the Imps carried off the League Two title.
Wilson seems certain to make his Town debut alongside youngster Luke Woolfenden - who will be making his second league start for the Blues - at Burton on Saturday.
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