POSH INTERVIEW: ‘Winner’ Wilson fancies a promotion charge for Peterborough United

Lawrie Wilson in action on his Posh debut at Sheffield United. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Lawrie Wilson in action on his Posh debut at Sheffield United. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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New signing Lawrie Wilson is primed to help Posh go on a 2016 promotion charge.

The 28 year-old full-back signed for Posh on a month’s loan just in time to make his debut as a second-half substitute in the 3-2 League One win at Sheffield United last Saturday (January 2).

Wilson has escaped from the clutches of crisis-club Bolton to join his old Stevenage manager Graham Westley and his team of exciting young talents.

“It’s a great move for me,” Wilson admitted. “I’ve hardly played at Bolton which has been horrible for me so to join a team that is playing well and challenging for promotion is very pleasing.

“Graham contacted me last week and asked if I’d be willing to help out and I jumped at the chance.

“I had some great times with Graham at Stevenage.

“He’s had ups and downs, since then and he seems to be a different manager now.

“He kept things simple before the Sheffield game and just stated the importance of starting 2016 with a win.

“And to pull it off in the fashion we did was amazing.

“The first-half was just a case of me watching the lads and learning how they played.

“I was pleased to get on for the second-half and help them out with a bit of experience.

“There is plenty of flair and attacking ambition in the side and some of the football the lads played in the second-half was exceptional, but sometimes an old head comes in handy.

“When Sheffield equalised so late in the game I was very disappointed because we’d put so much effort into protecting our lead.

“But the goal we (Martin Samuelsen) scored to win the game was astonishing. We saw the game out well from then which is a good sign.

“Bramall Lane is a great place to play football, but it’s tough to win there.

“It should give us the confidence to go on a charge in 2016, one that will hopefully lead to promotion.”

Wilson played at left-back at Bramall Lane. He is more at home on the other flank, but he for now he is just happy to be playing first-team football.

His last appearance for Bolton was in a 4-1 defeat at Huddersfield on September 19.

“It’s been really difficult for all the players at Bolton this season,” Wilson added.

“Hopefully they still have time to get out of trouble.

“I played right-back, right-wing, left-back and central midfield for Graham Westley at Stevenage so I’m happy to do whatever he wants.

“He brought the best out of me when I was younger.”

Westley had a simple explantion for his pursuit of Wilson.

“Lawrie is a good footballer and a good athlete,” Westley stated. “But most of all he’s an out-and-out winner. He will be a good signing for us.”

Wilson has initially agreed a 28-day loan move and is eligible to play in the FA Cup tie with Championship side Preston at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday (January 9).

He will probably start that game in the left-back position.