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5 February 2014

Swedish defender says he’s caught the Latics bug after Charlton victory

New signing Markus Holgersson explained how Saturday’s last gasp victory over Charlton Athletic at the DW Stadium has whetted his appetite for life as a Latics player.

After becoming Uwe Rosler’s fifth signing as manager, the Swedish defender also revealed how wise words from a compatriot and former Latics player helped him make the decision of leaving the United States for the North West of England.

He said: “I’ve been here for a few days already so have got a good feeling for the place and I’m happy now to be a Wigan Athletic player.

“I spoke with Erik Edman before joining, who was a team mate of mine at Helsingborgs earlier in my career.

“He told me Wigan Athletic is a great club that really takes care of the players and that his time here was a very happy one.

“The DW Stadium is fantastic; I was here for the game against Charlton Athletic at the weekend which was a great match with a great result. The crowd were great throughout the 90 minutes and although the weather was a little bit bad I couldn’t wait to get started.

“It was an amazing finish to the game and a great free kick from Jordi (Gomez) to win it. I could see from the match that we are very good passing team who like to apply pressure on the opposition, and we probably should have secured the game before that goal.”

The 28-year-old accepted the challenge that lays ahead of him in earning a place in the team, but sees the move to Latics as another progression in his career and is looking forward to proving himself:

“It’s a good step for me in my career – a step up I believe from the MLS. Moving to New York Red Bulls was a progression too from Sweden so I’m exciting about continuing my development here in England next.

“I’ve had a chance to meet the rest of the team and train with them, and the quality we have here is evident. What I also like is the level of respect everyone has for one another – it’s clear that everyone looks out for each other which I like.

“I know there are very good players competing for a place in the team where I want to play, but I like competition and I’m versatile so can play wherever the manager wants me to and I’ll fight for my place.

“The MLS season finished in November so I’ve not had much game time in a while but, I’ve been training a lot since then and I’m ready to step that up now.”

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