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REDMOND ENJOYING FIRST TEAM SURROUNDINGS

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16:11 17th December 2012

by Nick Taylor

Latics’ young wing back is delighted to be involved with the first team but, believes hard work is still necessary.

Danny Redmond made his first ever start for Wigan Athletic at the end of October against Bradford City, and since then his involvement with the first team has grown, with a place on the substitute’s bench in two of the last four Barclays Premier League games.

It’s a great experience to be involved with the lads on a match day because having done it on the training ground everyday it makes the hard work worth it,” said the 21-year-old.

“That experience of getting to know what goes on in the dressing room and all the other things that come with a first team game such as seeing the fans before we enter the stadium are vital, especially as a younger member of the squad.

“I have to keep working hard because we have a great squad at the moment but, I hope my performance against Bradford City at the end of October has shown that I have the desire to play first team football.”

Latics current injury situation has opened up the opportunity for Redmond to be involved on a match day, something he has mixed feelings about.

“There are chances coming up because of injuries and a busy schedule but, it is gutting for the other lads when injuries occur and as a team we’ve suffered a lot recently in that respect.

“Right now it is about enjoying the experiences I’m being given and working hard to open up opportunities for myself and if they come then I’ll be looking to prove to the gaffer that I’m ready.

“If I keep proving myself on the training ground then hopefully I’ll get my chance against Bournemouth in the FA Cup.”

He added:

“It would be great to get back on the pitch at the DW Stadium because there’s no better experience than playing inside a Premier League stadium in front of your own fans.

“This season I’ve had my most ever first team opportunities since I’ve been with the Club and at the same time I’ve been really enjoying my Under 21 season as well.”

Redmond’s form in the Under 21s has played a big part in his progression this season and his efforts on the pitch have also paid off with five goals in nine games, something which came as a surprise to himself.

“I don’t think I’ve scored this many goals in my life before in a season,” joked the wing back.

“My goal scoring has been good this season in the Under 21s and I’m happy to be getting those goals because the position I play in isn’t always the most advanced on the pitch."

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