Latics’ sixth summer signing, Emyr Huws, says his main focus is to help his new club gain promotion to the Premier League.20-year-old Emyr Huws spent pre-season with Manchester City on their tour of America and joined up with his new teammates at Christopher Park for the first time on Tuesday.
And he says he’s delighted to sign up with Latics for the next chapter in his glowing career.
“I’m really happy to be here,” he said. “It’s been going on for a while so I’m happy to join up with the lads after training this morning with them.
“As a person, I want to improve myself and I want to play as much as I can but I’ve come to try and help the team to win and to get promotion – that’s the main goal.”
Huws featured for City’s first-team in the FA Cup with Budweiser last season and he’s also enjoyed loan spells with Northampton Town and Birmingham City.
A Wales international, Huws says he can be utilised anywhere in the centre of the park with a number of strings to his bow, including an eye for a spectacular strike.
And he says his new manager, City legend Uwe Rosler, has been clear from the off on what he is after from the youngster.
“I play in midfield but I can play further forward as a number eight and also as a holding midfielder to break up play and switch the ball,” Huws explained.
“Long-range shots are a strength I suppose, but maybe they were a bit lucky! I scored a few long range shots when I was at Birmingham so hopefully I can do that here.
“I’ve spoken to the gaffer, he’s very enthusiastic, he’s very precise about what he wants me to do and he’s explained that to me.”
On his experience with the Blues, Huws says he knows now just how tough the Sky Bet Championship is and he hopes to be at the higher end this time around after helping Lee Clark’s side survive on the last day of last season.
“It’s tough, the Championship is very competitive,” he added. “There are a lot of teams pushing for the top and we’re going to have to be at our best to make sure we get a good start to the season.
“It should be good [playing at the DW Stadium] and I can’t wait for the game, the first of the season – we just need to get off to a good start and I think we will so I’ll look forward to it.”
Huws has two caps for his native Wales, starring in a 3-1 win over Iceland and also in a narrow defeat to the 2014 World Cup third-place side Holland.
And he says he hopes his form for Wigan Athletic can help his future prospects with Chris Coleman’s side.
“If I can play here, play well and the team is winning then it’s definitely going to help my chances with Wales,” he continued.
“The European Championships are coming up as well so I want to make sure my chances are good for getting in that team.”
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Emyr Huws career photos.
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First interview on Latics Player.