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16 January 2014

Striker can’t wait to get started after arriving on loan from Cardiff

New signing Nicky Maynard hopes he can fire Latics to Premier League promotion during his loan stay at the DW Stadium, and is looking forward to competing for his place in the team after arriving on loan from Cardiff City.

The 27-year-old joins the club until the end of the season and sees the move as an opportunity to get more minutes on the pitch after an injury which ruled him out for the majority of last season.

He said: “It’s been a long few days but it’s good to finally get things sorted and I’m very happy to have joined the club.

“It’s a big opportunity for me, one in which I can get a few games under my belt and help Wigan Athletic push up the league at the same time by scoring a lot of goals.

“I suffered a bad injury last season which limited my game time, but I’m fit again now and raring to go. I’ve not played as many games as I would have liked this season at Cardiff, so the chance to get on the pitch here was an exciting one.

“The rest of the team have really welcomed me to the club during my first day; it’s not easy being the new boy but knowing Leon Barnett from his time at Cardiff last season, and Nick Powell through our time at Crewe Alexandra has helped and all the lads have been great and I can’t wait to start working with them.”

With Marc-Antoine Fortune and Nick Powell both finding the back of the net in the last two games Maynard knows he faces competition for a place in the team, but after speaking with Manager Uwe Rosler is confident about what he can bring to Latics:

“Wigan Athletic is a massive club with great players, and together we need to get back to the Premier League.

“Hopefully I can help maintain the good form they have shown in recent weeks and push onto another level towards promotion to the top flight.

“The manager wants me to enjoy my football and said that he’ll stick by me because he knows what I’m capable of.

“He wants me to fulfil my potential whilst I’m here and hopefully what I do on the pitch will help put a smile on his face and make the supporters happy too.

“It’s clear there’s a lot of competition in the front-line but I want to add to that and I think the challenge will being out the best in all of us who want to be in the starting line-up and, ultimately, help Wigan Athletic which is the main thing.”

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