IT has been quite a week for Ben Wilson.
The teenage Sunderland keeper who began it potentially facing Manchester United at Old Trafford, but ends it having joined Conference North side Harrogate Town on a month’s loan.
The 19-year-old was in line to be on the bench at the Theatre of Dreams with Simon Mignolet and Craig Gordon sidelined and big doubts over Trevor Carson – on-loan at Bury but who had pulled out of the The Shakers’ last game with a back injury.
Manager Steve Bruce told the Echo he was recalling Carson as back-up to Keiren Westwood, with Mignolet now expected to be out for the rest of the year and Gordon not expected to return until middle or back end of this month.
But he said that if Carson’s injury proved to be too much for him to play against United today, then he would look at turning to Wilson.
As it was, Carson successfully passed his fitness test, paving the way for Wilson to join Harrogate on a youth loan deal for today’s game against Nuneaton Borough.
While Wilson might be understandably disappointed at swapping Old Trafford (capacity 75,769) for Wetherby Road (capacity 3,500), the loan still marks an opportunity for him to shine and progress his career.
He broke into Sunderland’s Reserves team last season, making 13 appearances and has made two appearances this term.
With Harrogate goalkeepers Mark Cook and Chris Elliott ruled out through injury and Zac Jones suspended following his dismissal against Worcester City, manager Simon Weaver has moved to sign Wilson until the start of December, and the keeper himself will hope for a run of games and the chance to make an impact.