Walsall have signed James Wilson on loan from Sheffield United for the season as confirmed by the club website.

When Chris Wilder came in as the Sheffield United head coach last season, one of the first signings he made was to bring Wilson in from Oldham Athletic after he turned down a contract offer from the Latics. Wilson had performed well for the Lancashire club and had earned his big move to the Blades but things didn’t go well when he arrived at Bramall Lane. While he started the season in the first team, he ended up picking up an injury and after recovering he couldn’t get back into that first eleven.

And things seem bleaker for Wilson’s first team chances now that United have been promoted to the Sky Bet Championship. The Blades have added a new defender in the shape of Richard Stearman and with his experience of this league, he is sure to be ahead of Wilson in the pecking order. This means the 28-year-old has had to look elsewhere if he wants to get onto the pitch this summer and why he has made Walsall his new home.

After completing his move, Wilson said: “I’m really looking forward to it,”

“I want to get some games in and this definitely seems like a great place to do that.”

“I like to get on the ball as much as defenders can.”

“My movement is quite good around the pitch so I like to cover people, to look after people.”

“It’s going to be a tough league this year, more so than last year. We can go to these places looking to get a scalp.”

“For me personally, the gaffer wants me to play as well as we can.”

“If Villa bring their strongest team it’ll be tough for us but we’ve got to show what we can do on the night and get our fitness out of it.”

“The lads have been brilliant. Everyone has been really nice and friendly, even the staff.”

“It’s a good place to be.”

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