Gareth Ainsworth has made his first move into the transfer market this summer, bringing attacking midfielder Alex Pattison to the club on a one-year deal.
The 21-year-old arrives at Adams Park from Championship club Middlesbrough, who he joined at the age of nine and went on to feature regularly in their under-18 and under-23 teams.
Alex benefitted from loan spells at York City and most recently Yeovil Town, where he played 29 times in League 2 last season before leaving Boro at the expiration of his contract.
Wanderers manager Ainsworth has acknowledged the key part played by Chairboys fans in securing Pattison’s signature, following a fantastic response to the 500 Club which seeks to raise funds for the playing budget.
Ainsworth said: “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.
“Dobbo (assistant manager Richard Dobson) 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.
“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.”
Alex completed a medical at the club’s medical partner BMI The Chiltern Hospital on Monday and joined the squad for the first time on Tuesday morning. He’s been assigned squad number 8 for the 2019/20 season.