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23 January 2014

Midfielder ready for challenge after joining on loan from Chelsea

Josh McEachran has revealed that Wigan Athletic’s recent form under Uwe Rosler, and the style of play introduced by the German were key factors in his decision to join the club until the end of the season.

The Chelsea midfielder took part in his first training session on Thursday morning with his new team mates, and after seeing the quality within the Latics squad already knows he has to work hard in order to get into the team.

He said: “I’m made up to be here; I had my first session with the manager and the lads this morning and can’t wait to get started now, and help the club get promoted back to the Premier League.

“Looking around the squad in training you can see the quality both individually and collectively, so I know I’ll have competition to get into the team but at the same time I can’t wait to start working with them.

“The midfield in particular is a strong area of the team, so it’s going to be a good challenge for me to earn my place.

“It’s clear that since Uwe took over he’s had a massive impact on the team and they’ve been flying ever since.

“Before the blip last weekend against Doncaster, they were unbeaten in eight games so I’m looking forward to being a big part of helping the club move upwards.

“Jose (Mourinho) told me at the start of the season that I needed game time this season to help my development. 

“Wigan Athletic play football the right way, the manager has introduced a nice style of football so I think it’s going to be good to play under his system. I’m 21 in March so it’s an important time for me, and as soon as my time at Watford came to an end I wanted to get back to playing first team football, so I’m really happy to have joined.

“Uwe’s wished me luck when I met him this morning, but stressed that I would need to work hard because of the competition in the squad, but that if I do that then it could be a good season for me and the club.”

The England Under-21 international spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough, and made seven league appearances this term for Watford, so knows the demands of the Championship but is determined to play his part in Latics’ promotion push, saying:

“I know from my time at Middlesbrough and Watford how difficult the Championship is. As we saw last weekend, you can go eight games unbeaten then lose against a team everyone thinks you’re going to beat.

“I played a lot of football in this division last season and learnt a lot, so I’m hoping to gain more experience from this move and keep developing.

“We’ve got a busy schedule coming up and I’ve not played first team football in around a month, so it may take me a little time to get up to full speed, but I’m ready to start competing and start helping us move up the table.”

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