New Latics signing “very happy” to complete move to the DW Stadium.
- Bong has spoken to friends at Arsenal and Chelsea about English football.
- “I am a fighter, I will always give 100%” – Bong.
- Cameroon international plays at left back but can also play centrally and further forward.
Wigan Athletic’s latest signing Gaetan Bong says he will be fully committed to the cause during the second-half of the 2014-15 Sky Bet Championship campaign after signing for Latics on Monday’s Transfer Deadline Day.
Bong, who is predominantly a left back, has been capped 13 times by Cameroon and he says he’s excited about the challenge ahead of him after speaking to some of his friends who currently play in English football.
“I’m very happy to be here, it’s a new experience for me and I come here to try and help the club in the maximum way I can,” Bong explained.
“I arrive in the current situation and I have come to try and help the club get to safety.
“I’ve spoken to some friends over here like Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny, who I know from my time at Tours, and Eden Hazard who I know very well from playing against him - we always used to tease that he was going to go onto big things - it’s a new experience for me and I will try to do my best.
“I play left back, I can play centre back or on left midfield; I always play hard, give 100% and I never stop.”
Bong has trained with his new teammates in the last week and he says he’s seen enough to feel that Latics can climb out of the relegation zone.
“It has been good here,” he added. “I’ve started speaking to the players and with the coach to see how they work here and I think we have a good team – I think we can save our Championship status.
“We’ll need to work hard but I think it’s possible.”
On the league itself, Bong feels he will be suited to the battle and pace of the Sky Bet Championship.
“It’s a fast league, a strong, combative league with plenty of duels and there is a lot of fight – I think that’s good for me, I like to fight,” Bong continued.
“I’ve always enjoyed and admired English football from a distance, it’s very spectacular, it always seems to be a country where teams just go for it and they just want to score, perhaps less tactical and cagey than other leagues, a fun league to play in – a philosophy I like.”
The 26-year-old watched on from afar as Latics won the FA Cup in 2013 and he explained that the fact the club is on the global map from that success was a big attraction.
“English football is watched all over the world and anyone who knows about English football knows this club because of what has happened in recent years,” the former Olympiakos man said.
“Especially the FA Cup because it’s such an iconic competition and to win it put this club on the global map and that’s an attraction.
“Things haven’t gone particularly well since then for the club but I don’t see that as a negative in my move, I see it as a positive because I want to help get the club get back on track and move forward.
“Two years is a long time in football, all players know that, but you can see by the infrastructure here, the stadium and what I’ve seen on television that it’s a great club with passionate fans who deserve better than what has happened recently. I want to be part of helping that change.”