Eighth summer signing talks to Latics Player about his move to the DW Stadium.
• League One Player of the Year delighted to sign for Wigan Athletic
• Forshaw thanks manager Uwe Rosler for showing faith
• Knowing Callum McManaman and Rob Kiernan will help
Latics’ seventh summer signing Adam Forshaw says he is made up to finally complete his move from fellow Sky Bet Championship side Brentford.
The League One Player of the Year, who scored eight goals in 39 appearances last season for the Bees, also added that he’s excited to make the next step in his career with Latics.
“I’m made up, it’s been a while but I’m finally here and I’m looking forward to getting going now,” Forshaw said.
“It’s obviously a step up to play in the Championship but I’m relishing that now, I can’t wait to get going and hopefully I can show what I can do.”
Forshaw worked with Latics boss Uwe Rosler at Brentford with the German boss bringing the Liverpool-born midfielder in from Everton, initially on loan, before signing him permanently later on.
And the 22-year-old midfielder says he owes a lot to Rosler and expects their relationship to develop further as he looks to reward the faith shown in him.
“I owe the manager a massive thanks for showing his faith and coming back for me,” he explained.
“I really enjoyed my time with him at Brentford so I’m looking forward to working with him here.
“He was always on at me at Brentford to get into the box and get some goals and I know he wants me to work on that but he knows how I play so hopefully we’ll continue to develop that here.”
Rosler isn’t the only familiar face at the DW Stadium for Forshaw with Callum McManaman a former teammate in Everton’s development squad and Rob Kiernan a former teammate during a loan spell at Brentford.
And the midfielder says knowing the pair will help his settling in period, as will the atmosphere following last weekend’s 4-0 win over Birmingham City.
“I know Callum and Rob [Kiernan] so they’ve showed me the ropes and that makes it a bit easier because you’ve got a few nerves when you come in,” Forshaw added.
“They’re a nice bunch, I trained this morning and everything went well and they’re all making me feel very welcome.
“I watched the game on Saturday and the lads played really well, it made me look forward to trying to do my bit for the team and help out.
“I wish there wasn’t an international break but it gives me chance to get my fitness up and get ready for Blackburn.”