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Pompey youngster Wilson signs new contract

Marc Wilson might not be a name that everyone knows - and I must admit that I have not seen him play but have only ever heard very good things about him - but I do have high hopes for him, which stretch back as far as last summer when I had hoped to see him in pre-season...

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Anyway, the 20-year-old has signed a new 3-year contract today which has delighted me, but not as much as him, with him telling the Pompey site: 'I've just got to work hard in pre-season and see where it goes from there. But the plan is to push on and hopefully break into the first team.

'First of all I'd just love to play football, but Europe would be an even bigger step and would be amazing.

'I'm so happy to still be here. Everyone who came through the youth ranks with me has gone - I've seen many friends come and go so I'm delighted to be here for another three years.

'Football can be a cruel game - that's a harsh reality - so I've got to keep on working hard and do the best that I can do.'

We have to admit that quite often we look at Pompey now and think 'is this really the club that we have followed through the dark days?' But it is you know, and Wilson himself has seen a lot of chances over the past few years, and he cannot believe the strides forward we have made but he is delighted to be a part of it: 'the club's changed massively, especially in the last two years. When I first came here the club was completely different.

'Everything seems to be going well at the moment and Harry's a big part of that. He's a good manager and is great with the players. He's an absolute character.'

The Irish youngster, who has enjoyed loan spells with Bournemouth and Yeovil is a midfielder by trade, but can also play in defence, something which he says he actually prefers so I would be amazed if we do not see him make his 1st team debut for Pompey next season, something which he has not yet been able to do despite being an unused sub a couple of times last season - a season in which he was named the young player of the year!

I recently gave an interview in FourFourTwo magazine - more on this at a later date, it 'should' be out later this month! - and when asked about a player to look out for this season I had little hesitation in saying Marc Wilson, his being given a new 3-year deal seems to suggest I was right in thinking this...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 7 2008

Time: 5:39PM

Your Comments

Always good to invest in the youth...we've just signed SEVEN!
worbo
Good luck Marc. Reward for your hard work. You never know but we are down to the bare bones...
storagematt
Rug; does that mean your "real name" will be known to the world in that article?
UKTony
... real name... isn't Rug his real name then ... It's says Rug on his cheques .. I can tell you Tone..
Chix
..forgot to mention about Marc Wilson.. I think this is good news and if nothing else shows the recruits we've just taken on that with the right attitude and commitment (which Marc has) you can break through into the first team squad... I'm sure with 7 subs and the games we are going to play next year we'll see him at some stage.... although I'm sure he played against Sunderland away last season.. if only for a couple of minutes..
Chix
Positive news for us as this bloke is a real good player. When on loan at bournemouth against swindon he was a real star sweeping ball left to right taking it round players and even setting chances. he is a real good al round player congratulations marc !!!
stfc ballboy
Good news for Marc but I bet he is off on loan again.. hopefully Championship side this time round.
eastneydave
Palace, Wednesday, QPR or Coventry.. take your pick ?
Chix
he played in the friends of Kanu match the time before last, looked comfortable on the ball
paultsmouth
I think it is very good news. We will be taken even more seriously when we can start bringing some of our youth playersd through the ranks.

Isn't Rug short for Ruggorick?? tee hee
sneakay
I saw him once in a reserve game and i have to say he looked bettter than some of those that played in the game at boro the previous saturday
russellm
 

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