WILSON: I`D LIKE TO STAY WITH STAGS
WILSON: I'D LIKE TO STAY WITH STAGS
Evening Post, 03 May 2006
Laurence Wilson is interested in a permanent move to Mansfield for next season - but only if he is convinced he has no future at Everton.
The teenage left back or midfielder has made a string of impressive performances for the Stags in what is his first taste of League football.
Wilson is Liverpool-born, but his contract at Goodison Park is up in the summer and he does not yet know whether he will be offered another.
If a deal is not forthcoming, Wilson would be enthusiastic about a move to Field Mill.
"I am still in talks with Everton about my future and it really depends what happens there first," said Wilson.
"But Mansfield is just the type of club I would like to join if things don't work out up there. I've enjoyed playing here and the fans have been good to me. I didn't really know what the standard of football would be like but it has gone well.
"It has been more physical than I thought but the good thing is that Mansfield like to get the ball down and play whenever they can."
If Wilson does join the Mansfield playing staff permanently, he will be following closely in the footsteps of Jonathan D'Laryea.
The former Manchester City player initially joined the Stags on loan but eventually decided to leave Eastlands to play in the Mansfield first team, rather than be restricted to reserve team football.
Wilson said: "I just want to play as many games as I can and it is good to get the first team games under my belt.
"Things haven't always gone right all the time but we have worked hard together as a squad and just tried to get back to basics."
Former England youth international Wilson has
already picked up the strong will-to-win ethic that has been instilled into the squad since Shirtliff took control.
Many players at sides who are in mid-table - and therefore have nothing to play for - may be tempted to wind their season down.
But Wilson insists the Stags must keep going in their final game of the season, when they face Cheltenham.
"If you finish the season on a high then that always gives you the confidence when you come back after the summer break," he said.
"It gives you the chance to start where you left off.
"We are a young side and every game we play together we are learning. I think next season we have a good chance of getting in the play-offs or even getting automatic promotion."