Bonnyrigg Rose defender Colin Wilson is enjoying his football again after a frustrating spell with League Two Montrose last season.
The 21-year-old, a former Raith Rovers youngster, made the move to New Dundas Park in September to link up with former boss David McGlynn, whom he played under while on loan at Musselburgh Athletic.
Wilson, who spent a year at Montrose, hadn’t been given the chance he had expected at Links Park and was happy to make the move to Juniors. It’s a decision which has paid dividends – the confident centre back having slotted in nicely at the heart of the Midlothian club’s defence.
“I was really frustrated at Montrose,” said Wilson. “I had done pre-season and I thought I would’ve been in and about the team and I might have got a wee chance, but I wasn’t in the manager’s plans. Eventually we came to an agreement that it wasn’t for me up there.
“I was losing interest with the game. Davy [McGlynn] texted me to ask me to come along and I knew I would get a game here. I’m just happy to be playing every week.
“When I was at Montrose, Davy would text me now and again with a wee bit banter. He would always text me saying ‘Aw, you’re on the bench again’. One day he texted me, it must’ve been the day he got the Bonnyrigg job or a couple of days after, and asked me to come along. From my time at Musselburgh I knew Bonnyrigg was a big club and it was a good opportunity for me.”
Since Wilson has come in he hasn’t missed a game for Bonnyrigg. Prior to the defender and McGlynn’s arrival, the club had struggled at the start of the season – sitting joint bottom of the Super League at one stage. But after a change in manager, they have turned their fortunes around, winning 10 of their last 12 matches under McGlynn and they now sit in third place ahead of tomorrow’s home match against Hill of Beath.
Wilson, who came through the youth ranks at Raith before earning himself a full-time contract, was well aware of the football McGlynn liked to play. He believes that the way they are playing is the right way, and with their squad, which contains mixture of youth and experience, they are getting the desired results.
He said: “I knew what Davy was like. He’s a good manager and he wants to play football, which suits me. I want to play football, I don’t want to be the typical centre half that’s launching it. Davy is probably the only manager that I’ve played under that has got the philosophy of passing the ball and that suits me down to a tee. You learn a lot from the experienced players like Steven Hislop and Joe Hamill. With the experienced players and a lot of young boys in the team, we have a right good balance.
“I think that’s why we are winning games at the moment. We might be scraping them, but we are winning them because we have the experience combined with the youth.”
McGlynn says he couldn’t have wished for a smoother introduction to the club, after making the difficult decision to leave Musselburgh – a club where he had spent almost ten years as manager.
“I couldn’t have really expected a better start, said McGlynn. “Going into the club, I made a few personnel changes and I laid down a structure that missing training is not acceptable.
“If you train on a Tuesday and a Thursday you give your body and your team-mates a better opportunity to win the game. We’ve been getting a lot of boys at training and that’s been a big turning point for the club.”
Bonnyrigg are still without Jonathon Brown with an ankle injury, while midfielder Alex King may return to the bench as he continues to regain his fitness after injury.