Wilson is back at Dundee United, the club that helped nurture him in his teenage years as he took the first steps in what has turned out to be a largely successful career.
As a fledgling young defender learning his trade, Wilson could not have asked for better people to guide him. In Maurice Malpas, Paul Hegarty and Terry Butcher, United had on their coaching staff the combined knowledge and experience of three of British football's most venerable and battle-hardened defenders, and Wilson eagerly lapped up every last bit of advice and guidance they offered. Other senior figures in the United squad around that time, such as Charlie Miller, Billy Dodds and Jim McIntyre, also helped ease his path into the first team.
Now the boot is on the other foot. Wilson can hardly be considered a veteran just yet - he is still only 29 years old after all - but, among the youthful group that the manager Jackie McNamara has put together at Tannadice, Wilson can be considered one of the senior figures.
He has been signed, of course, for what he will bring to McNamara's side when he gets back up to full fitness but, as someone who won titles and cups with Celtic, played in the Champions League and then the Championship, and was capped for his country, it would be negligent on United's part if they did not try to tap in to those experiences as they try to bring on their own youthful aspirants. Wilson is happy to play a part in their development.
"It was really Maurice Malpas and Paul Hegarty who mentored me," said Wilson, who has signed until January. "I look up to those two guys even now. It might not be possible to emulate what they achieved but you can still learn from their character and their knowledge of the game. I have got a lot of time for them - not forgetting Terry Butcher who was youth coach when I came here - as it was a first-class grounding. I'm very grateful for the whole experience. We also had a great dressing-room when I was here. They were all very experienced and had won things in the game so it was good for me to look up to them. Hopefully, I can now help the younger lads here."
McNamara also hoped Wilson would become an influential figure in his dressing room. "He's someone who's used to expectation and handling pressure," said the United manager. "He's had that throughout his career and that can rub off on the young players, when that expectation is there at home to win and perform every week. That's something you have to get used to at a big club."
Wilson has been away from Tannadice since 2006 but he has kept tabs on his old club ever since. He has been impressed with the performances of the likes of Stuart Armstrong, Gary Mackay-Steven, Ryan Gauld and John Souttar, and is looking forward to playing alongside them.
"I knew some of the younger ones even before I came here," he added. "It was from watching games on Sky when I was still at Bristol City. They all looked very impressive. You see them at first hand in training and appreciate they're even better than what you thought.
"It's very promising for the club with all these young players coming through. I was staying with Paddy McCourt recently. He was mentioning some of the United youngsters as well and asking what certain ones were like in training. It's good for Scottish football and good for this club that people are noticing the talent."
David Goodwillie recently returned to United to try to reinvigorate a career that had stalled down south and Wilson is hoping for a similar tonic. His time at Bristol City was not a happy one. Signed by Derek McInnes last summer, the defender appeared only sporadically in the first half of the campaign and then not at all when Sean O'Driscoll replaced McInnes as manager in January. It is now almost eight months since his last competitive first-team match.
"Bristol has been the only stumbling block in my career," he admitted. "I had been quite pleased with the way things had gone since I broke into the United team at the age of 17. Last year at Bristol, though, was like a bit of a speed-bump. I didn't enjoy it, purely because I wasn't really playing.
"Hopefully, this will give me the chance to get my career going and start playing again for the next six months. I'm still only 29 and have got a few good years left in me. It might take me a couple of under-20 games to get me up to match speed but I'm just desperate to get going."