Wilson: “It Was a Dream Come True”

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Macauley Wilson has enjoyed a great season that includes being offered his first professional contract, captaining the youth team to the final of the Lancashire FA Youth Cup and scoring 12 goals from right-back. He spoke to us about his phenomenal season so far.

“I was proper buzzing (to be offered a professional contract) because I’ve supported Blackpool all my life. It was a dream come true,” the 18-year-old told Up The Pool.

The youth team captain has been one of the most consistent performers for Ciaran Donnelly’s side with solid displays in defence as well as scoring two hat-tricks.

“Most games I’ve come into, I think I’ve played well and I’ve tried my best in every game I’ve played. Overall, I’ve had a decent season so far and I’ve scored 12 goals from right-back so it’s been good so far.

“I’m gobsmacked, to be honest. I can’t believe I’ve scored so many. I am on penalty duty and we’ve had a few so that’s helped it. I’m proud to have got two hat-tricks because I’ve never scored a hat-trick in my whole life before this season.”

Wilson has also been involved with the senior team, having been on the bench for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match against Port Vale in October and playing 90 minutes against Manchester United in the Lancashire Senior Cup recently.

“I couldn’t believe it when I got a phone call off Richie (Kyle) that I would be travelling to Port Vale. I was absolutely buzzing!

“I was really happy (to play against Manchester United). I was offered my contract the day before that match and the manager said to me “make sure you play well now” and I thought I played well for 70 minutes of the game.”

Wilson was part of the Manchester United academy until the age of 15 and was part of the same age level as Marcus Rashford who recently broke into the United first team.

“I was playing with Marcus (Rashford) for about seven years so I know him well and I was buzzing when he scored those goals in the Europa League and Premier League. It gives me, even more, motivation to try and get a regular spot of first team football at right-back or wherever the team needs me.”

After his time at the Red Devils, the local lad from Lytham joined the academy here at the club and credits the staff for helping him rise through the ranks.

“The staff always try to make time for me and the rest of the players. If they want to say something, they will say it to you – even if it is criticism. They have a lot of time for example if you ask for extra training then they will make time for you even though they might be busy.

“I like how it’s all down to earth and everyone gets on with everyone and the coaches have banter with us. It’s a good environment to be around.”

Despite a positive season, the youth team captain still sees room for improvement as Ciaran Donnelly’s side look to rise up the table.

“We’ve had a couple of disappointing results against lower in the league teams but we’ve got a good set of lads and if we don’t finish in the top three or four then we’ll be disappointed in ourselves.”

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