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DELORT – ‘WIGAN ATHLETIC IS THE RIGHT CLUB FOR ME’

3 September 2014

New signing delighted to finalise move to Latics.

• Delort says the club made him welcome from the start of negotiations
• French striker describes himself as a real battler
• I hope to be playing in the Premier League with Latics next season

One of four acquisitions on Transfer Deadline Day, Latics’ new French frontman Andy Delort says he’s delighted to finally complete his move to the DW Stadium.

A summer-long period of negotiations left the 22-year-old’s future uncertain, though he says he always had his heart set on a move to Latics after his initial meetings with the club.

“I’m very happy,” Delort told Latics Player. “This process has been going on for three months now and, now it’s finally over, I’m delighted.

“I have kept in shape throughout the summer and now I am ready for what I know will be a very long season.

“From the moment I met people here, I was given a very warm welcome and I got the feeling from the very start that this was the right club for me.

“I read up on the history of the club and then I felt an immediate connection with the manager and the coaching staff and there was something about the place that just clicked for me.”

The Ligue 2 leading goal-scorer for 2013-14 with 24 goals in 36 games, Delort describes himself as a battler and he says he aims to be playing in the Premier League with Latics next season.

“Firstly I would say I’m a real battler and I always give everything on the pitch,” he added.

“I have always been a goal-scorer, that’s my game; my play is about power and speed and above all a positive approach which I hope will please the supporters.

“My dream has always been to play in England and I was fortunate that Wigan have trusted me enough to bring me to the club.

“It’s true that I’m a very ambitious player and I would love to play in the Premier League where I hope to be playing next season with Wigan.”

Delort could make his Latics debut after the international break at Blackburn Rovers and he says he’s determined to prove he’s ready to his new boss Uwe Rosler so he can get started as quick as possible.

“It couldn’t have fallen better really,” Delort continued. “I have kept in shape but now I have two weeks to prepare for my first game.

“I have missed a bit of game time but I will do everything I can to be ready for the match and I am really looking forward to putting on the shirt for the first time.”

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