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JAASKELAINEN – “I’M HERE TO FIGHT FOR MY PLACE”

11 August 2015

Former West Ham United stopper determined to challenge for the number one spot at the DW Stadium.

  • Former Finland international delighted to complete move to the DW Stadium.
  • Jaaskelainen willing to pass experience on to young Latics keepers.
  • Jussi: “I’m here to fight for my place.”
Wigan Athletic’s latest summer addition, experienced keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen says he is here to fight for the number one jersey at the DW Stadium.

In an exclusive interview with LaticsPlayerHD, Jaaskelainen stated that he’s delighted to complete the move back to the north-west, where his family are based, and that he is to challenge with Richard O’Donnell and Lee Nicholls.

“I’m absolutely delighted to come back to the north-west and obviously I hope to help the team get back towards the Championship,” Jaaskelainen explained.

“It’s a nice setup here, a lovely stadium, I’ve been in the training ground a couple of days and it’s been really good – Premier League standard – so we really should be in a good place to have a good season.

“My family live up here and Wigan Athletic are a big club so that’s what appealed to me about the move. We’re in League One now but it’s about moving forwards and getting up the divisions back to where this football club belongs.

“My aim, first and foremost, is to fight for my place but I’ll see whoever the manager decides to play and, if that’s not me, I’ll try to encourage and help the younger players develop and get better and hopefully it will work both ways with us learning from each other.”

Although not ready for the squad for Tuesday’s Capital One Cup clash with Bury, Jaaskelainen stated he is not far away from being available for first team selection.

“I’ve spoken to lots of players over the years who’ve retired and they’ve told me that if you’re feeling fit and well, like I am at the moment  - despite not playing much last season at West Ham which is something I’ve not been used to in my career – then I should carry on and fight to be part of a team,” he added.

“I am pretty fit but I’ve just played a couple of games so I’ve got a development squad game tomorrow and I’ll get sharper and be around the team soon.”

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