UPDATED 06:51 17th July 2012
VERSATILE operator Marc Wilson capped off a productive 2011-12 by winning the Coaching Staff’s Player of the Year accolade at the End of Season Awards dinner in May.
The 24-year-old, in his second full campaign with the Club, was rewarded for his consistency at left-back and hard work behind the scenes on the training pitch.
He started all but three games in the Premier League, while making a further 10 appearances in the cup competitions to help the Potters progress to the latter stages in all of them.
He provided a reassuring presence alongside regular defensive partners Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth– a cornerstone of the Club’s comfortable survival in the Premier League for a fourth consecutive season.
Wilson began his career as an apprentice at Manchester United, but despite spending four years on the books at Old Trafford, he didn’t do enough to earn a professional contract and moved to Portsmouth in 2004.
After being shepherded out on loan to Yeovil Town, Bournemouth and Luton Town, he established himself in the Pompey first-team in the 2009-10 season, but missed out on their FA Cup Final defeat to Chelsea through injury.
Wilson was named as captain for the following season in the Championship, but soon after completed his move to the Potteries in an exchange deal that saw Liam Lawrence and Dave Kitson move to Fratton Park.
Although he was born in Aghagallon, Northern Ireland, Wilson elected to represent the Republic of Ireland. He has earned one cap to date, against Wales in the Nations Cup of February 2011.