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28 June 2014

Full-back determined to get Latics back to the Premier League.

Latics’ latest summer addition James Tavernier says he is delighted to finally complete his move to the DW Stadium.

The 22-year-old has signed a three-year deal after being on manager Uwe Rosler’s radar for some time.

And the former Newcastle United man, who was also schooled at Leeds United, says his aim now is to return Latics to the Premier League.

“It has been a long summer and I’ve been waiting a long time to finalise the deal,” he said. “Now that it has been completed, I am delighted.

“Wigan Athletic are a Premier League club and I’ve always known them to be a Premier League club and hopefully I can help to help get us back where we belong.

“Leeds and Newcastle are obviously big clubs and going into another big team like Wigan is great for me; the club have the same mentality and desire for success - I’m very happy.”

Tavernier spent the majority of last season on loan at Rotherham United and helped the Millers to gain promotion to the Sky Bet Championship via the Play-offs of League One.

And the Bradford-born defender says his time with the South Yorkshire club has provided the perfect experience for him to now take on football in the second tier.

“My time at Rotherham was a good stepping stone; it helped me out a lot and gave me a platform to perform and I felt I seized the opportunity with both hands,” Tavernier added.

“It’s a new chapter in my career now and I can’t wait to put on the Wigan shirt and show the fans and the manager what I can do.

“I’m a very attacking full-back; I scored five goals last year, but hopefully I can improve that even more this season - fans will see me getting up the pitch and attacking, while defending too.”

Tavernier also spoke of his relationship with current Latics right-back James Perch and joked that the former Forest man may have to use his versatility to accommodate him.

“I’ve known Perchy well since we were both at Newcastle together,” he explained. “ He’s a good lad, we’re both right-backs but he can play all-over the pitch and maybe he’ll have to do that now I’m here.”

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