Latics’ latest arrival Scott Carson expects to find tough competition for a place between the sticks this season, but admits he is relishing the opportunity to prove himself to Manager Owen Coyle and help the team push for Premier League promotion.
The 27-year-old spoke of the calibre of those in his position at the club already, and revealed his excitement at joining the club at the start of a new era.
He said: “There are some quality goalkeepers at the club already, and to be honest wherever you go nowadays you’re always going to find tough competition at a club, especially in the goalkeeper department.
“Overall there are many changes happening here at the moment, but coming into a squad with a new look to it is exciting. There are plenty of players coming in at the moment, but there are also a number of guys here who have been at the club for a long time so I’m sure they’ll help lads like myself settle in, and right now I can’t wait to start getting involved.
“With West Brom we won promotion from the Championship back in 2010 which was a great achievement. Everyone talks about how tough the league is and they’re right, you have to be at your best if you’re going to come out on top and with a lot of games to play it’s going to be really demanding on us this year.
“But looking at the squad I’m sure we’ve got the players and the ability to get back into the Premier League at the first time of asking, and that’s the aim.”
Carson went on to reveal how he’s looking forward to teaming up with a couple of familiar faces again at the club and playing his home games at the DW Stadium, a venue he remembers visiting with West Bromwich Albion…even if the scoreline escaped him:
“I’m good friends with Ben Watson from our time together at West Brom. We’ve kept in touch over the last few years so it’ll be good to line-up with him again, and likewise I know Shaun Maloney from my time at Aston Villa, so there are a couple of familiar faces in the dressing room already which makes those first few days a little bit easier.
“I remember playing at the DW Stadium with West Brom a few years ago. I thought we got a 2-2 draw on the night, but I’ve been told that Wigan Athletic actually won the game in the last few minutes through an Emmerson Boyce header, so I must have tried to forget it!
“Knowing what I know about the Championship, our home form is going to be vital this season, and if we’re going to have any chance of gaining promotion we have to pick up most of points here this season.”
To see what else Scott had to say in his first interview with the club [click here].