Town sign Wilson on short term deal

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Town have completed the signing of free agent James Wilson, on a short term deal.

The 30-year-old put pen to paper on a five-month deal at Portman Road, keeping him at the Club until the end of 2019.

The former Lincoln centre-back has been on trial this pre-season and has featured in friendlies at Colchester, Notts County and Cambridge United.

Town have been in need of experienced cover at centre-half with Toto Nsiala out for around another three weeks with the hamstring injury, with Luke Chambers suspended for the Burton opener.

Wilson is set to make his debut at Burton, with Luke Woolfenden his likely partner and Corrie Ndaba as back-up.

Manager Paul Lambert has also been looking at former Walsall defender Jon Guthrie during pre-season, but it’s Wilson who is set to be handed a deal.

Discussing Wilson earlier in pre-season, Lambert said: “He’s not done anything during pre-season and we asked if we could have a look at him.

“He did well when he came on but is miles short of match fitness, which he will probably admit himself, but is comfortable with the ball and has been a good player.

“His game and training time is really down.

“We had a very young team out there and I still think we need a little help. We’ve got a lot of players injured, big players so we still need to get two or three in if we can but it’s not easy.”

Wilson 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. Whilst with the Blades, Wilson only made a handful of appearances before heading to Lincoln in January 2018 after a loan spell at Walsall at the start of the season.

Meanwhile, Joe Nuttall is set to move to Blackpool for a fee in the region of £750,000. Town were linked with Nuttall as a late alternative with Bartosz Bialkowski moving to Blackburn.

Millwall striker Tom Elliott was due to complete his move to Town, on loan, but due to the strikers ongoing hamstring injury Town put the move on hold, with Town reportedly turning their attention in Nuttall, something TOTT can reveal was not the case.

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