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Don Cowie may have had to sing a rendition of the Righteous Brothers’ ‘You Lost That Loving Feeling’ in front of all his new Latics team mates, but the opposite is true as he settles in at his new club.
Talking exclusively to the Official Wigan Athletic website, he said:
“I think I’m really going to love it here in Wigan, everything seems right. It’s a great dressing room, full of real talent and the manager is very progressive in the way that he wants his team play.
“In that sense, he is very much in the mould of Malky Mackay and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who I’ve played with at my last two clubs - young, strong managers who have a real vision of how they want their team to play.”
Don Cowie says that already having friends at the club was a big pull, but says there’s another side to that story as well.
“As soon as the move was talked about James McArthur was on the phone wanting me to sign and as well as him, I already know Gary Caldwell and Shaun Maloney from Scotland of course, then there’s Andy Taylor and Leon Barnett I know from Cardiff and on the medical side, Richard Collinge.
“That definitely helps but part and parcel of being a footballer is that you have to be ready to move on quickly sometimes and you have to find your feet quickly in a dressing room.
“I guess it would be easy to just mix with the lads I know but the secret to getting integrated quickly is to try and get to know everyone, you’ve got to make sure it’s not just the same people you talk to and socialise with every day. It’ll be the same for Oriol, who naturally gets close to Ivan and Roger but is making sure he’s getting to know all the lads.
“Football’s such a mix of cultures these days and that was certainly the case at Cardiff too. The test of any dressing room is its unity and this is a very easy dressing room to walk into, it really is, which I think will stand us in good stead for the coming season. Besides, you soon feel part of it when the lads make you sing a song in front of everyone.”
And as regards the coming season, does he have any personal ambition?
“For me it’s a case of being fit and available and play as much as possible, every player will say the same thing.
“I will play where the manager asks but I think my best position is in the middle of the park and the competition will be fierce there, with James, Roger, the new boy Emyr Huws from Man City, then Ben and Chris when they’re fit, James Tavernier and James Perch have played there, Rob Kiernan too and we’ve had Fraser Fyvie and young Tim Chow playing too in pre-season.
“But that’s what you want as a footballer, the competition drives you on and in this league when the demands are so high, you need a lot of lads all moving in the same direction.”