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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 October, 2003, 15:15 GMT 16:15 UK
Wilson extends loan stay
Mark Wilson
Wilson is enjoying his time with Swansea City
Mark Wilson says he is delighted to have extended his loan spell with Swansea City.

The midfielder's one month loan comes to an end next Friday, but Swansea have struck a deal with Middlesbrough to keep him for an extra month.

And the 24-year-old told BBC Sport he would be happy to stay at the Vetch until the end of the season.

"(Middlesbrough manager) Steve McClaren just wants me to take it month by month and see how it goes," said Wilson.

"I'm more than happy to be here as long as possible. I might get back to Middlesbrough and get in the team there, but if not, I'll definitely be happy to play for the Swans."

Swansea director of football Brian Flynn launched Wilson's career by taking him on loan from Manchester United to play for Wrexham.

He scored 8 goals in 15 games as a 19 -year-old for the Dragons; and after opening his account for Swansea with a superb free-kick against Carlisle, Flynn believes the Swansea fans have yet to see the best of Wilson.

"I know Mark's enjoying his football; you can see that in the way he's playing," said Flynn.

"He's added something to our play and there's more goals in him - I'm certain of that."

Wilson has a huge amount of respect for Flynn, and says he is desperate to repay his manager for rejuvenating his career.

"He gave me my first chance in League football and I've got a lot of appreciation for that," Wilson added.

"He's given me the chance here to prove myself again to everybody, and that's hopefully what I'm doing."

Swansea's top scorer last season, striker James Thomas, and midfielder Jonathan Coates, are set to return to the squad for Saturday's Third Division match at Leyton Orient.

Both are likely to start on the bench after recovering from injuries.

Roberto Martinez, Brad Maylett, Leon Hylton, Karl Connolly, Kieron Durkan and Stuart Jones are still out injured.






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