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McDonald: Wilson's Contract Fully Deserved

14 April 2016

Manager Happy To See Youth Team Captain Agree Deal

Neil McDonald says youth team captain Macauley Wilson fully deserves his professional contract with Blackpool.

The right-back, 18, committed his future to his boyhood club earlier this week after an impressive season that has seen him score 12 goals to date.

Named on the bench for the senior team in a JPT tie at Port Vale back in October, the youngster has applied himself well when stepping up. 

"He's been training with us for the last two or three months and I've been impressed in the couple of games he's played in the Lancashire Senior Cup," McDonald said.

"He fully deserves his professional contract for next season and we look forward to him working with the first team squad on a regular basis."

Wilson joins Henry Cameron, Luke Higham and Bright Osayi-Samuel in progressing to the first-team setup, with the manager keen to keep the club's best youngsters at Bloomfield Road. 

"It's always nice to have home grown players in your team. Henry was certainly the shining light at the start of the season and he got himself an international cap, which is amazing when you think about it. It was unfortunate that he's picked up an injury because he was in really good form at the time," he said.

"Luke has put his head above the parapet, got into the team, held his own and done really well. I think the fans appreciate what he's been doing.

"Young Bright started off the season and played bit parts coming off the bench so he's had a fantastic season as well."

It's now five months since Henry Cameron sustained knee ligament damage playing for New Zealand, however there's good news on the recovery front.

"He's coming along great, he's working extremely hard and he's joining in the warm-ups with the players and integrating himself back into it. He's doing his running and his rehab and he's well on his way," the manager confirmed.  

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