Town player-of-the-year Wilson 'the number one priority' as he joins League One club
- 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,
You may also want to watch:
“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.
- 1 Ipswich Town transfer rumour: Blues 'in £100,000 tug-of-war' for non-league midfielder
- 2 Shop opens at Suffolk village pub
- 3 Traffic at standstill on A12 between Ipswich and Colchester
- 4 'We're keeping about 10% of the roster' - Johnson on Ipswich squad overhaul
- 5 Get ready for League One's 'Arizona Derby' as Lincoln follow Town with Phoenix investment
- 6 Flooding off the A14 causes emergency road closure in Ipswich
- 7 Person with leg injury after 4-vehicle crash on A140
- 8 Why these Suffolk villages were named among 'most beautiful to visit'
- 9 Pupils forced to isolate after Covid test result wrongly recorded as positive
- 10 Town announce home friendly with Premier League club
“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.