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McNAUGHTON READY TO GIVE HIS ALL

5 August 2015

Experienced defender pleased to link up with former teammate Gary Caldwell at Wigan Athletic.

  • Former Aberdeen and Cardiff City man describes himself as “a total grafter”.
  • 32-year-old has proved fitness to Latics staff and earned one-year-deal.
  • Defender featured as a trialist in win at Southport and defeat to Dundee.
Wigan Athletic’s 13th summer addition, Kevin McNaughton, says he’s delighted to link up with his new teammates ahead of the new season.

The former Cardiff City full back signed a one-year-deal with Latics after an initial trial period and he says he’s been impressed by the playing staff already at the club.

“It’s great to be back involved in football again after just coming back from injury,” he said. “I’ve had just over a week on trial and a chance to prove my fitness and I’ve got through that well, so the club wanted to sign me for a year.

“I was delighted to receive the offer and I’m now looking forward to the new season.

“It’s a good set of down to earth footballers who are hard-working and I think that’s what I’ve noticed the most; the boys’ attitude has been different class so I’m looking forward to getting started.”

McNaughton and Latics boss Gary Caldwell, four months his senior, played together in the Scotland youth setup and the Dundee-born defender says his new manager knows all about his game.

“I’m a total grafter,” McNaughton explained. “I’ll give everything for the team and I’ve got an experienced head on my shoulders – the grey hair as well!

“I’ve played a lot of football in England now so I know the game well and hopefully I can add a bit of experience to the younger players.

“Myself and Gary played together at under-15 level for Scotland and he was always going to go into management, always been a leader – on and off the pitch – and I wasn’t surprised when he took up the reins here.

“He wanted to have a look at my fitness before I signed; he knows what I can do from seeing me play over the years so in terms of football I don’t think there were any problems.”

McNaughton suffered a serious injury whilst on loan at Bolton Wanderers last season but he says he’s now fully recovered and ready for the demands of Sky Bet League One.

“I’ve worked hard over the summer on my fitness and I’m back up to speed now,” he added. “I’ve got a few games under my belt and hopefully I’ll get stronger as the season goes on.

“I fractured my fibula about four months ago and pre-season coincided with my return to full training but it helped me in many ways that I’d been doing work over the summer, more than I normally would, and that stood me in good stead.

“I don’t think the gulf between the Championship and League One is massive, you see a lot of teams come up from League One into the Premier League so I expect much of the same and every game to be a test, the team will approach it that way.”

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