Currently out on loan with high flying Southend United in League Two, 22-year-old defender Rob Kiernan spent two months of last season on loan in League One with eventual play-off runners up Brentford under new Wigan Athletic manager Uwe Rosler.
Speaking after the appointment of Rosler as Latics boss, Kiernan said it’s going to be an exciting time for the football club.
“Uwe’s appointment didn’t surprise me because he’s a very good manager who took Brentford almost all the way to promotion last season.
“I think the club is in for a treat with Uwe and hopefully he’ll be able to get the best out of everyone.
“He got the best out of his players at Brentford because he demanded high standards and I’m sure that will carry on now.”
Kiernan added that Rosler’s organised manner was one of the highlights of playing for him last season at Griffin Park.
“He’s a very organised manager and he likes attacking players who will get at their opponents, but he also likes to have a solid foundation at the back.
“Training was always organised and carried out professionally.
“Everything was very well thought through and I really enjoyed that aspect of him as a manager.”
Kiernan has a month left on his loan deal at Southend, somewhere he says he’s grown as a player.
“It’s going really well, I’ve played lots of games and we’re doing very well as a team.
“We’ve got a good team at the moment and I fancy Southend for promotion in the league, which is a huge credit to the manager Phil Brown.”
Assessing his performances so far for the Shrimpers, Kiernan says he hopes he’s done enough to impress his new manager at Latics.
“We’ve kept five clean sheets out of the 11 games that I’ve played in, so I’m really pleased with my own performances and as a team we’ve been really tight at the back.
“I’m enjoying playing football every week now, so we’ll have to see what happens when I return to Wigan Athletic, whether I go out on loan again or become part of the manager’s plans.
“I played for Uwe for two months last season at Brentford and I enjoyed my time under him, so hopefully after my loan at Southend I can show him that I’ve improved since then.”
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