Thomas Rogne has spoken of his excitement at joining Wigan Athletic and his hopes that the move can help him to move onto the next level in his career.
Rogne arrives at the DW Stadium after three-and-a-half years at Parkhead with Celtic, tipped for a long time to become one of the brightest talents to emerge from Norway.
Having represented the national team on a couple of occasions and featuring for the Under-21 team in this summer’s European Championships, the 23-year-old says now is the time to show people how good he can be and at the same time help Latics achieve their goal of Premier League promotion:
“I’m at an age in my career which isn’t considered young in the game,” said Rogne. “It’s time to stop talking about the potential I have and start showing it, and I guess this is the time to show it.
“I’ve had a busy summer playing with the Under-21 side in the European Championships in Israel, where we reached the semi-finals of the competition which was a great experience. I’ve made a few appearances for the senior team in the past as well so that’s also a goal of mine in the future, but right now the only thing that matters is helping Wigan Athletic and I can’t wait to start that.
“I’ve spoken to the Manager of course and he’s excited to be at the club as well. He’s told me about the team and his goals for the season ahead, the main one of course being promotion to the Premier League and I want to be a part of that.
“It’s an exciting chapter for me; English football is something special and being Norwegian we follow the game over here very closely, so to be a part of it makes me very happy.
“I’ve seen Wigan Athletic play quite a lot when the club was in the Premier League, and obviously the whole of Europe has been speaking about you guys after the FA Cup win in May, and I think many have been charmed by the way the club is run and how the team plays, so it’s great to be here.”
The centre-half believes his time spent north of the border has helped adapt his style of play to the British demands, and revealed that there will already be one familiar face in the Latics dressing room when he reports for pre-season training:
“After being in Scotland for three years, playing with Celtic, I would say I’ve adapted to the British style of play pretty well. First and foremost I’m a defender and I like to defend, make clearances, stopping crosses and hold the opposition.
“However I know the Manager wants us to play football in a certain manner and I’m pretty sure I can play a role in that.
“I had a season and a half with Shaun Maloney at Celtic so I know how good a player he is and how good a professional he is also. It’s much better to be on his side rather than play against him! Even in training I always wanted to be on his team because of his pace and skill.
“I’m sure having someone familiar in the dressing room will help so that’s good, but to be honest I’m looking forward to getting to work with the whole squad and preparing for the start of the season.”