Jordan Mustoe has made an FA Cup appearance three years in a row now for Wigan Athletic after making his debut as a substitute in 2011 against Hull City.
The 21-year-old once again appeared as a late sub this season when Latics travelled to AFC Bournemouth in the third round replay at the Goldsands Stadium and admits he has the taste for another game in the cup.
“Even though my appearance against Bournemouth was only for four or five minutes it was great to just get another chance.
“I’ve got good memories on a personal level in the FA Cup because I was given my debut for the Club against Hull City as a late sub and then last season I was given my first start away at Swindon Town.
“Unfortunately last season we didn’t go through but for myself it was a big achievement and I learned a lot from being in that first team situation.
“It’s up to the gaffer if I play against Macclesfield on Saturday and I’m just hoping to do my best during this week to get the chance to help the team progress through to the fifth round.”
Mustoe spent three months on loan at League Two side Morecambe earlier this season and says the intensity of regular games has made him ready to play for Latics if called upon
“After my spell at Morecambe on loan I’m match fit and feel really ready for the weekend should I be called upon.
“I got a lot of experience when I was there and the game time I received got my intensity up, it was a really enjoyable experience.
“Morecambe had a few injuries and space in their squad so I was used quite a lot mainly as a left full back but sometimes in the wing back role which worked wonders for my fitness.”
Players like Callum McManaman and Danny Redmond (pictured in FA Cup action v Bournemouth), who Mustoe has grown up playing in Latics’ teams with also grabbed loan opportunities last season and have made their impacts known in the Capital One Cup already this season, something Mustoe has a lot of admiration for.
“We’ve watched each other progress and it’s great to see the chances that we’ve all been getting,” said Mustoe on McManaman and Redmond.
“It would be a proud moment for me if I was playing in the first team alongside both Callum and Danny because we’ve grown up together and played with each other for years.
“Macclesfield at the weekend is obviously a chance for the younger members of the squad like myself and Callum and Danny to prove ourselves and we’ve all got that desire to progress in the competition.”