Former Imps defender attracts interest from Sunderland & Peterborough

Courtesy Graham Burrell

Reports emerging this morning are linking former Imps defender James Wilson with moves to Peterborough and Sunderland. 

Wilson, who was allowed to leave the club by mutual consent with one year of his contract left, has impressed since moving to Ipswich Town. He’s featured ten times for the Tractor Boys, keeping six clean sheets in the process.

Whilst that’s been helped by the form of giant keeper Tomas Holy, Wilson has proven what every Imps’ fan could see during his time here; he’s not a right back and given a good run of games, he is a real talent.

He joined the Imps from Sheffield United in January 2018 after spending a successful period on loan at Walsall. The former Wales defender bagged on his debut, a 1-1 draw away at Barnet.

He forced his way into the first team following the departure of Sean Raggett, but a broken ankle suffered in a 0-0 draw with Cambridge meant he missed some of the 20117/18 run in. By the time he regained fitness, the season ended.

Last season he found himself on the periphery as Jason Shackell formed a strong partnership with Michael Bostwick, becoming fourth choice behind loanee Scott Wharton. Wharton went, Cian Bolger arrived and James Wilson stayed in fourth place. He did manage to bag another goal as we routed Port Vale 6-2, but appearances became few and far between.

His last outing came on February 2nd in the 1-1 draw at Notts County, before his contacted was terminated at the end of the season.

“James played his part in our success last season,” said Danny Cowley after his release. 

“He didn’t play as much as he would have liked because he was behind two very, very consistent performers in Michael Bostwick and Jason Shackell. That meant his opportunities were limited.

“James wanted to play and we had to free up some space in the budget, hence we’ve been able to do this.”

Since his departure, he’s been handed a six-month deal with Ipswich, but his recent performances have alerted Lincoln’s hosts this weekend, as well as the side we vanquished last time out.

It’s clear to see why Sunderland might need a new centre back in the transfer window, let’s hope we see first hand a reason Peterborough might also be in the market tomorrow.


  1. It was widely known that Danny C and James Wilson had shall we say a disagreement so he was marginalised, sad as I think he was worth hanging on to . A proven performer at this level and higher.

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