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Wilson looking forward to return to Bristol City
8:00am Saturday 28th September 2013 in Sport
COLCHESTER United captain Brian Wilson admits being released by Bristol City was an “upsetting” experience, ahead of his return to his former club.
The experienced full-back spent three-and-a-half seasons at Ashton Gate, before linking up with the U’s in 2010.
Wilson played his part in helping the Robins win promotion to the Championship from League One, in 2007.
And the 30-year-old was also a part of the squad that came so close to going up to the Premier League when they lost their play-off final to Hull City, the following season.
But Wilson’s spell in the West Country was disrupted by injury, resulting in the right-back’s eventual departure from the club.
Wilson said: “It was a massive disappointment to leave Bristol City, it was a good club to be at.
“I don’t think the injuries I had there helped me, though.
“My shin splints were a massive downfall for me and then coming back and breaking my leg in the first game was a downer.
“Gary Johnson offered me a year there to try and get back to how I was before. But I ended up getting released from there and it was upsetting, because they’re a good friendly bunch of players there.
“In any player’s career you have a spell of injuries and mine came when I was at Bristol City.
“Hopefully, I’m over that now and I knew that I would always overcome the injuries but the manager at the time thought differently.”
Wilson is hoping to help Colchester aim to end a run of six games without a win at his former club this weekend.
“At the start of the season, it was the first fixture that I looked out for,” added Wilson, who made 60 league appearances during his time with the Robins.
“I’m looking forward to going back there.
“I’m really surprised that they’ve struggled a bit so far this season, given the size of the club and the fanbase that they have there. “For them to be where they are will be a massive disappointment for them. “I had a good three years but I’ll be going there looking to get the three points for Colchester.
“We need to go there with a positive frame of mind and shut out their attacking threat.
“It’s important that we stand up strong and be brave there and I think it’s really important that we see the first 15 minutes out there.”
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