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Born: 6 September 1997
Joined Wycombe: July 2019 - Signed from Middlesbrough|
Wycombe debut: Wycombe 2 Bolton 0 - 3 Aug 2019 - League One
Contracted until June 2020
Career summary at Wycombe.
No appearances prior to 2019/20
Alex Pattison signed for Wycombe Wanderers on a one-year deal announced on 9th July 2019 - becoming The Chairboys first close-season signing of the summer of 2019. The move to Adams Park followed his release from Middlesbrough at the end of the 2018/19 season having been with the Club since the age of 9.
Described as an 'attacking midfielder', Pattison progressed through the youth ranks with Boro and began training with the First Team at the start of the 2016/17 season. He then went on to make three apppearances for their U-23 side in Football League Trophy ties during the same capaign.
A broken ankle curtailed any First Team opportunities at Boro and eventually joined National League North side, York City, in December 2017 on one-month 'youth loan'. He debuted for City in a FA Trophy defeat to Kidderminster Harriers and made four League appearances before returning to Boro hoping to get a loan to a Football League club in the January 2018 transfer window. However, no move could be arranged and he returned to York for the remainder of the season - adding eight more National League appearances to his name despite missing the closing weeks of the season due to a hamstring injury.
At the start of the 2018/19 season it was announced he had agreed a season long loan with 'League Two' side Yeovil Town. He made his Football League debut as substitute on 11th August 2018 in the 2-2 home draw with Mansfield Town and went on the become a regular in a Glovers side that would ultimately be relegated from the Football League in May 2019.
He was allocated the No.8 shirt on his signing for Wanderers, with Manager Gareth Ainsworth commenting: "[Richard Dobson - Wanderers' Assistant Manger] and I pay a lot of attention to the under-23 leagues and Alex is a player who’s stood out for us for some time. He had a good year in senior football with Yeovil last season and we believe he’s got all the attributes to go on and become a key player for us and potentially return to a higher level in his career." Ainsworth also commented on the contribution of the fan funded '500 Club' in helping the deal to happen. “We weren’t expecting to be able to make permanent signings this summer, but the fans have got right behind us yet again when we needed them and contributed a significant amount of money which has enabled us to bring a player of Alex’s calibre to the club. I’d like to say a massive thank you again to everyone who’s contributed to the 500 Club and I’m sure all those fans will be looking forward to seeing Alex in action, because he’s a very talented player and a great lad who will settle quickly into the culture we’ve got here.”
Meanwhile, Pattison was looking forward to be given a chance to prove himself at 'League One' level, commenting: “I’m just a battler. I like to put tackles in, win the ball back and start attacks pretty much as quickly as I can. I don’t like passing backwards, I’m always looking to go forwards so hopefully I’ll nick a few goals this year. I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to make the step up to this level. I think I can handle it and I just want to prove everyone right for bringing me here.”
References and further reading:
Alex Pattison signs - Wycombe Wanderers official website - 9 July 2019
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