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ROGER ESPINOZA EXCLUSIVE IN THIS WEEK’S PROGRAMME

20 November 2014

Honduras international talks Latics future, return of Maynor Figueroa and his new advanced position in Saturday’s matchday programme.

  • Espinoza – “The plan is to stay here”
  • Malky Mackay’s first programme notes
  • Packed with exclusive content including interview with Community Coach and Chester winger Craig Mahon

This week’s programme is packed with exclusive content throughout with the pick of the bunch coming from midfielder Roger Espinoza who sets the record straight on his Wigan Athletic future.

The midfielder dismisses previous claims he has been homesick, though he does admit he had to consider leaving the club earlier in the season with the lack of first-team opportunities apparent from the early stages of the campaign.

“It’s been tough because when I arrived at the club I had a manager who wanted me and since I’ve had a couple of different managers and there are a lot of changes with new people coming into the team,” the 28-year-old explained.

“It’s been kind of hard to get a run going and this last few weeks is one of my best runs in the team and hopefully I can keep that going.

“The plan is to stay here, players don’t like to move around because it’s a crazy process, if the opportunity to stay is there, then of course I’d like to.

“Remember I came from a club that also really likes me too and when Roberto [Martinez] gave me the opportunity to come here, I decided to take that opportunity.

“When I haven’t been playing and the manager didn’t count with me or see me as someone who could help the team then I had to look somewhere else, right?

“I’m definitely not homesick, that’s the truth,” he continued. “I’ve never been homesick, I’ve been away from home since I was 17 years old – I don’t even know where is home for me now because I’ve been to so many places.

“I never said anything in retaliation out of respect to the club and to the players that are here but if the club didn’t need me; I had to look somewhere else.

“Right now, I’ve got a contract here, I respect that and I’ll try my best all the time.

“We’ll see what happens from now on, there are opportunities for me to go back home, but not because I’m homesick, it’s because I want to play football – when a good opportunity comes in life you have to take it.”

You can read the full interview with Roger, as well as the chat with former Latics youth Craig Mahon about his FA Cup exploits and our multiple features including First and Last with Marc-Antoine Fortuné and Fan-tasy Football with Daniel Tyack, for just £3.

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