Date: 3rd May 2013 at 2:25pm
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Since his move to the U’s three seasons ago, Brian Wilson has been a virtual ever-present in the club’s back four apart from a short spell sidelined by injury towards the end of his first campaign.

Only Magnus Okuonghae spent more time on the field for the U’s this season than Wilson, and the 29-year-old right back finished the end of the season with the captain’s armband in the absence of Kem Izzet.

The Manchester-born defender has now racked up well over one-hundred appearances for the club in his three seasons and has admitted that it has been an honour to lead the side out.

Speaking to the club’s official website after the final game of the season at Carlisle, Wilson explained that he was ‘overwhelmed’ with the final day’s performance.

‘We’ve had ups and downs all season and, after losing the nine games nobody would probably have seen us getting the result, so all credit to the boys,’ he reflected.

‘It’s a great achievement for us that we need to enjoy; we kept the clean sheet and it’s an unbelievable result. I’m overwhelmed, but we want to knuckle down next season and give it a right go.

‘When Billy [Clifford] hit the bar you’re just thinking it’s going to be one of those days, but it was a massive relief when the two goals went in.’

It’s been a young side for the U’s this season with the likes of Drey Wright, Alex Gilbey, Gavin Massey, Tom Eastman, Josh Thompson and Sam Walker, amongst others, filling the U’s starting line up on a number of occasions.

Wilson is now one of the most experienced members of the squad, but he enthused that it was great for the club’s future to have so many emerging prospects.

‘Both of the two goalscorers were young lads, and it’s fantastic for them to be chipping in,’ he said. ‘The lads that have come in have also been fantastic.’


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