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6 August 2015

Perkins raring to go as the opening day draws nearer.

  • David Perkins previews opening day trip to Coventry.
  • “Settling in has been easy due to training ground atmosphere.” – Perkins.
  • “The best way to gel is whilst winning.” – Perkins.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One opener against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena, we caught up with Latics’ first signing of the summer, David Perkins, to see how he’s settled in at the club.

“It’s been brilliant from day one,” said the midfielder.

“The trips to La Manga and Scotland were top drawer, very well organised and very effective and enjoyable for the team.

“Gelling together on the pitch naturally takes a bit of time, but hopefully we can get off to a flyer on Saturday, because the best way to gel is whilst winning, that will help us to improve.

“Off the pitch we’re all getting along great, I think that was a big part of what the gaffer wanted to create, bringing together good footballers with good characters.”

On a personal level, the 33-year-old continued, praising the atmosphere created down at Latics’ Christopher Park Training Ground.

“Moving to Wigan has been an absolute breath of fresh air for me, the preparations off the pitch are exactly what we need, from the food in the canteen to the staff around us.

“The staff have been brilliant in helping myself and the other new lads to settle in, especially those with families.  It just makes the process a lot easier, and creates a good atmosphere to work in.”

With that said, Perkins looked ahead to kick off on Saturday, saying:

“We can’t get too carried away with what Coventry are all about.  We’ll respect Coventry, as we will any opponent, but it’s the first game of the season and we’re still working on what we’re about, so the focus has to be on our performance.

“The end goal this season is promotion, so we’ll respect opponents, but first and foremost we’re going out to beat teams.”

Around 2,000 Latics fans are set to make the trip to the Ricoh at the weekend, with Perkins hoping they can help to make a difference.

“I’ve been in teams before and the fans have almost drawn the ball into the goal with their noise, so we want to get that atmosphere going for our supporters and hopefully Coventry is just the start of that.

“When we see all the fans there it’ll be a brilliant welcome to the club, even though we’re away from home to start with.

“If we can put on a good show for them and get off to a good start at Coventry, then hopefully they’ll come down to the DW on Tuesday and help us to get our home form going against Bury in the cup.”

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