Video: New Grimsby Town signing Dougie Wilson set to make debut in Mansfield clash
NEW signing Dougie Wilson is champing at the bit to make his Grimsby Town debut in tonight’s crucial clash at Mansfield Town (7.45pm).
The Hull City midfielder, who joined on a loan deal until the end of the season on Friday, trained with his Mariners team-mates for the first time yesterday.
And, after impressing joint bosses Rob Scott and Paul Hurst, the 19-year-old will be thrown straight into the match-day squad that travels to the One Call Stadium this evening.
Wilson, who has represented Northern Ireland at youth level, is under no illusions as to the importance of the clash with the Stags.
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And, speaking to the Telegraph, he says he’s more than ready to make his Mariners bow should he be called upon.
“Mansfield are well up there in the league and fighting for promotion as well as us so it should be a great game to be involved in – hopefully I am,” he said.
“It was my first training session with the rest of the lads yesterday and it was good to be involved – the lads here are all spot on.
“It’s a really important game tonight for the club and hopefully I can play some part.”
After sealing his move from the Tigers, Wilson was at Blundell Park to watch Town’s 3-1 defeat to Kidderminster on Saturday.
And despite the result, he saw enough to convince him of the Mariners’ promotion credentials this season.
“I was in the stands on Saturday and there was plenty to take in,” he continued.
“There wasn’t much between the two teams in truth, it’s just that they took their chances and we didn’t. But it was easy to see why it was a top of the table clash and it was a good game.
“I saw what I could bring to the team if I’m given the chance, and hopefully that will come tonight.
“I like to get on the ball and try to pass it, but I also like to get stuck in as well – that’s the sort of player I am and I’m looking forward to getting started here.”
On his loan move – which has seen him link-up with fellow City player Jamie Devitt – Wilson added: “It’s a great opportunity for me.
“To come down here, be involved in the first team and get games is going to be brilliant – hopefully I can do well for the club.
“It’s an ideal move for me because it means I can get in with Devs again, who is a top lad and a top player.
“It’s been good to join back up with him and it’s always nice when you come to a club and know someone already.
“He really sold the club to me and told me how good it is down here at the minute so when I was asked if I’d be interested in coming, I said yes straight away.
“Town have got a great chance of going up this season.
“We’re near the top and we’ve got games in hand so I think we’ve got a great chance of going up.
“Just to come to a club like this, without there being a chance of promotion, would have been good.
“But the fact that Town are pushing for the title, makes it even better.”