Moments after agreeing to become a Wigan Athletic player, Chris McCann spoke of his delight at joining ‘a massive club’ and has instantly set his sights on helped the club gain promotion back to the Premier League.
The 25-year-old officially joins the club from July 1, after his contract with Burnley comes to an end, and he told Latics Player exclusively how as soon as he knew Owen Coyle wanted to bring him to the DW Stadium, there were never any other options in his mind.
He said: “It’s a massive club, and as soon as the call came I was desperate to get over here and get things signed. I’m fully committed and hopefully I’ll get to show what I’m capable of very soon. The people I’ve met today around the place you get the impression that this is a friendly club, so I’m delighted to be and looking forward to the challenge.
“Owen (Coyle) was a big factor in the decision of course. Having worked with the Gaffer at Burnley, and experiencing what he did with us there, I know he’s a Manager who’ll spread confidence throughout the place and he’s certainly someone I’m looking forward to working with once again.
“It was a difficult decision to come away from Burnley, but when you’ve been with a club for so long sometimes you feel as though you need a change. This it’s a new challenge for me, and one I’m looking forward to, playing on domestic and foreign fronts during the season.
“We’ll need a big squad and the Gaffer has already mentioned bringing in quite a few new faces to add to the quality that is already at the club.
“So it’s going to be a big season for us and hopefully we can succeed in all the competitions we take part in, but the main aim is promotion back to the Premier League.”
McCann also pledged to the Latics fans the dedication he’ll give every time he pulls on the shirt and takes to the field for the club, describing his style by saying:
“I’ll go out each week and give nothing less than 100% on the pitch first and foremost, I can promise that.
“I like getting forward, supporting the attack and getting my name on the scoresheet. In the last couple of seasons I haven’t been able to do that quite as much as I would have liked, so hopefully this season I can push on and improve that.
“You look back at the achievements of the club last season, when the world was talking about Wigan Athletic winning the FA Cup, and you realise it’s a massive club, and one that I’m privileged to a player for.”