Charleston Battery coach Mike Anhaeuser believes there's still plenty of soccer left in defender John Wilson.
Charleston signed the former Clemson All-American for this season, team officials announced Tuesday.
"John has been one of the mainstays on our back line for the last couple of seasons," Anhaeuser said. "Having him back is a huge boost to our lineup. He's a versatile, veteran defender that can play a couple of different positions for us."
Wilson, 32, played in 25 games a year ago, logging 2,061 minutes, and was part of a defense that conceded just 21 goals. His career Battery totals include 171 games played, which ranks third in club history.
"There was a point in the offseason when I didn't know if John was going to come back and play again this season," Anhaeuser said. "We didn't put any pressure on him to come back. We kept in touch with him during the winter and just let him know that if he still wanted to play, we were an option. Thankfully, he decided to play again."
He said Wilson will probably anchor the middle of the team's back line. "He's been an outside back the last couple of seasons, but our plan to is to put him at center back this year."
Wilson returns to Charleston for a seventh season. He joined the Battery as a rookie in 1999 and returned to Charleston in 2008 after playing for Major League Soccer's D.C. United. He is the last remaining player from the Battery's 2003 USL championship team.
"John has a wealth of experience," Anhaeuser said. "We've got a young team and we're going to rely on his leadership on and off the field."
The Seneca native began his pro career with Charleston in 1999. After a standout rookie season, Wilson joined MLS' Kansas City Wizards in 2000.
Wilson returned to the Lowcountry in 2001 and spent the next three seasons with the Battery, including its championship team in 2003. In 2004, Wilson spent a season with USL Rochester. A year later, he signed with D.C. United.