Wilson To Stay With Stags

by Matthew Gamble

Laurence Wilson will remain on loan Mansfield until the end of the season.

The young Everton midfielder has been on loan with the League Two club for a month, making six appearances and grabbing his first league goal.

And the Stags have now agreed with Everton for the 19-year-old to stay at Field Mill for the remainder of the season.

Wilson himself was delighted with the move.

"I am made up," he said. "They asked me if I wanted to stay to the end of the season and help the team stay in this league. Hopefully we can finish in the top half of the table."

The England under-19 man recognised that the standard of football was a step up from reserve team action.


He continued: "Playing here is going to make me a better player.

"It is a much tougher game at this level. I have realised I need to be a bit more physical down here, though we do play some good football as well.

"Playing is this league is making me a lot sharper and tougher. Apparantly Everton have had some good reports on me so that can only be good for me."

And Wilson was pleased to open his professional goalscoring account in the recent game against Notts County.

"The ball came to me and I just thought 'I can't miss', and luckily I scored," he said.

"It was a good buzz for me, but I really didn't know what to do when it went in"

Mansfield boss Peter Shirtliff added: "I am pleased to sign Laurence for another two months. He has done well for us. I thought he played particularly well at Torquay and also made a good contribution at Notts County."

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