Gateshead sign Black Cat on loan

06/01/2012, by Jeff Bowron

Gateshead have brought in Sunderland goalkeeper Ben Wilson on loan until the 4th February.

The 19-year-old will go straight into the squad for Saturday's Blue Square Bet Premier game against Stockport County at the International Stadium.

Wilson signed his first professional contract for Sunderland in summer 2010 having originally joined the club on a two-year scholarship in 2008.

The shot-stopper broke into the Black Cats reserve side during the 2009/10 season, starting five games while standing in for Trevor Carson.

The youngster added a further 13 appearances for the second string last season and was first choice during Carson's time out on loan.

Wilson joined Conference North club Harrogate Town on loan in November and made one appearance, a 1-1 draw with Nuneaton Town, before returning to Wearside.

With Jak Alnwick returning to Newcastle United and Paul Farman injured Wilson will be on the bench against Stockport County this weekend.

"We are delighted that Sunderland have been able to help us out by allowing Ben Wilson to join us in time for tomorrow's game at home to Stockport County," said Gateshead manager Ian Bogie.

"He is a player of good stature with a bright future. He will give us cover while Paul Farman recovers from injury and will be in the squad again for Tuesday's game against Kidderminster Harriers at the International Stadium.


Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson in action for Sunderland. Photo by