Town player-of-the-year Wilson 'the number one priority' as he joins League One club

Ipswich Town's James Wilson during the Sky Bet League One match at Portman Road, Ipswich. Picture da

Ipswich Town's James Wilson during the Sky Bet League One match at Portman Road, Ipswich. Picture date: Tuesday March 9, 2021. - Credit: PA

Former Ipswich Town defender James Wilson has signed for Plymouth Argyle.

The 32-year-old Welshman joins the Pilgrims on a two-year deal following his release from Portman Road, which came just three days after he was named the club's player-of-the-year at the end of last season.

Wilson won the award despite making just 18 appearances for Ipswich last season, rewarding his consistent performances, and had interest from clubs throughout League One, including Gillingham and Fleetwood, while League Two side Bristol Rovers were also understood to be keen.

But he's moved to Home Park, becoming Ryan Lowe's first signing of the summer.

"He was our number one signing, our number one priority," Lowe told the Plymouth Herald.

“We knew in January of his availability in terms of his contract coming to an end at Ipswich,

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“We monitored that. You only have to see he has got player-of-the-year at Ipswich. He’s 32-years-old, but he’s not a 32-year-old that has played 600-700 games. He’s 260-odd in, so he has definitely got loads of freshness in his body and his legs.

“He has got size and stature, heads and kicks it, defends, he’s a man, a leader.

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“All these things we were looking for are hard to find, but when you come across someone like James Wilson who has been there, seen it, done it, he was certainly our main priority.

“Hence, why I have made him the first signing of the close season.”

Wilson becomes the first of Ipswich's released players to be fixed up this summer, with plenty of interest in the likes of Luke Chambers, Cole Skuse, Freddie Sears and Alan Judge.

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