New boy speaks of Latics move and why he joined the Owen Coyle revolution
Ryan Shotton revealed how the enthusiasm of Owen Coyle and the opportunity to play European football were major factors in his decision to join Wigan Athletic at the eleventh hour on transfer deadline day.
The defender arrives at the DW Stadium on a six-month loan deal from Stoke City, and speaking to Latics Player after his first training session at Christopher Park said:
“I spoke with the Manager late last night and he outlined the objectives in the short and long term. I’m here for six months so I want to do as much as possible to help the push for promotion during that time.
“He’s very enthusiastic; I could see that last night and it was clear once more on the training pitch, which is what you need as a group if you’re all going to get behind the same cause.
“I’ve got experience of the Championship from earlier in my career and I know how difficult a division it is to try and get out of.
“It’s physical and takes a lot of hard work to reach the top, but seeing some of the quality we have in the squad during my first training session I’ve no doubt that if we perform at our best then we’ll get the results that will push us up the table.
“The chance to play European football was also a massive factor in the decision to come here. I was lucky enough to experience it with Stoke City a few years back and it’s a great competition to be involved in.
“I didn’t realise there was an eight-hour flight to Russia involved though! That one was kept quiet! But seriously, it’s a time in your career that you might not notice at the time, but you look back realise how much you enjoyed those matches and I’m sure everyone at the club, together with the fans, will be aiming to give a strong account of ourselves when we kick it off in a couple of weeks.”
Fans at the Britannia Stadium would have seen the 24-year-old play in a number of positions during his time with the Potters, such is his versatility, but whilst at Latics he is hoping to compete and cement a place playing in his favoured position, as he explained:
“Hopefully over the next six months I can work hard and get more opportunities at first team football. I can play in a few positions, but centre-half is where I feel most at home and having not played there for Stoke City for some time hopefully I can get that feeling back once more here at Wigan Athletic and prove what I can do.
“I’ve been lucky to play a lot of games for Stoke during my time at the club, but whilst I’ll always play where the manager wants me to play, I’m hoping during my time here that I can establish myself as a central defender at this stage of my career.”