Lincoln City have parted company with defender James Wilson, terminating his contract by mutual consent.
As reported by the official club site, Wilson has been released with one year left of a two-and-a-half year deal signed in January 2018. He joined from Sheffield United having spent the start of that campaign on loan with Walsall.
The former Welsh international found chances limited at Sincil Bank. Despite netting on his debut, he broke his ankle against Cambridge in March and struggled to fight his way back into the side.
Last season The Imps signed Jason Shackell and he formed a terrifying partnership with Michael Bostwick, meaning Wilson struggled for game time.
Imps manager Danny Cowley said although Wilson had played a part in their title win, his departure is good news for the club’s budget.
“James played his part in our success last season,” he told Lincolnshire Live.
“He didn’t play as much as he would have liked because he was behind two very, very consistent performers in Michael Bostwick and Jason Shackell. That meant his opportunities were limited.
“James wanted to play and we had to free up some space in the budget, hence we’ve been able to do this.”
Some Imps fans thanked Wilson for his efforts on social media, but few seemed devastated at him leaving Sincil Bank.
Unfortunate that Shackell came in and was immense. Good pro who will do well elsewhere.
— Andy (@sincilbank) June 29, 2019
Such a decent player. Wish him all the best of luck wherever he goes!! ????⚪️????⚪️
— Jack Reed (@jackreed14) June 29, 2019
Best of luck whereever he ends up next ????????
— Hamish Chalmers (@chalmershamish) June 29, 2019
We obviously never got to see the best of him. His previous clubs prove that.
Hopefully he'll kick start his career again next season. Good luck to the lad.
— Rob Stainton (@Rob23go) June 30, 2019
No real surprise
— John (@John89260255) June 30, 2019
Never got the chance oh well
— Shane Jefferson (@ShaneJe12731606) June 29, 2019
Not surprised by this.
Was doing well to make the bench.
— Nigel Anderson (@NigeAnderson) June 29, 2019