Mansfield Town v Bradford City: 'Unpredictable' Adam Wilson's character gets stamp of approval from Mark Hughes
The 23-year-old was one of two wingers to join this week, along with Chisom Afoka.
Afoka has had a footballing upbringing, nurtured through Aston Villa's academy and sent on loan to Bradford for experience.
Wilson is four years older and has arrived via a different route, bought from The New Saints, who he joined after being released by Newcastle United.
That he worked his way back up to league football was a selling point for Hughes, and the fact he took – and scored – a penalty on debut as the Bantams knocked Wrexham out of the League Cup in a midweek shoot-out, only underlined his credentials.
"He's got a good pedigree in terms of youth football and the club he was at, Newcastle," said Hughes. "He was compromised by injuries and had to find a different path.
"He's one for the future, we feel.
"It's up to him to take the chance. We’re confident he will do because having watched him, he does things in games that are a little bit different, a little bit unpredictable. That's a good option to have.
"It's a big moment when you're told your future doesn't lie here. A lot of young players have been with top clubs since they were seven eight, nine years of age and all of a sudden you get to 16 or 18 and you're told after 10 years of your life you haven't made the grade.
"A lot of players fall by the wayside and can’t deal with that. That's a huge shame. There's a huge amount of wastage. Adam got his head down and believed in himself first and foremost, which you have to as a player."
And of Wilson volunteering for the shoot-out, Hughes said: "I think that shows what he's about in terms of his character and belief in his own ability. That's a good sign."
Kevin McDonald's knee swelled up after an allergic reaction to a bite, but he is expected to feature.