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30 January 2015

Defender delighted to pen two-and-a-half year deal with Latics.

  • “Tough tackling” defender hopes to get regular starting spot in starting XI.
  • Move from Leeds gives Pearce a fresh start. 
  • Watch the full interview with Jason on Latics Player.
Wigan Athletic’s latest addition Jason Pearce says he was immediately interested in signing for Latics once he heard of the club’s interest.

The 27-year-old feels he’s entering a big challenge by joining a club in the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone but he is delighted to get the move finalised and hopes to help Latics to safety.

“Once Wigan showed an interest, I jumped at the chance,” Pearce said. “I spoke to my agent, he said Wigan were interested and once they put the offer in then I wanted to get here and sign.

“I think with the position the club is in, it’s a great challenge and hopefully we’ll get out of it and, if we can, we’ll have achieved something special.

“I’m delighted to be here; it’s been a long saga with everything that’s going on at Leeds but I’m delighted to get it over the line and I look forward to getting started.

“It’s all been worth it; I’ve signed now for two-and-a-half years so hopefully I’ll be here for the long-haul and hopefully we can start moving up the league.”

Pearce explained that the move will give him a new opportunity in a career that has already seen him feature regularly for Portsmouth and Bournemouth on the south coast.

And he says he’ll work hard to come in and make an impact.

“Hopefully I can get in the team first and foremost,” he explained. “I’m tough tackling, I’ll get stuck in and give 100% every week and hopefully people will appreciate that.

“It’s been ups and downs at Leeds; I started off quite well and played a lot of games and we did OK despite not getting to where we wanted to but towards the end it’s been a little bit difficult and I wanted a fresh start.

“One result can change everything in this division and, once you get that momentum of picking up a few results, the confidence comes. Now it’s a case of looking to get that first win albeit a tough start against Ipswich on Saturday.”

Pearce also reserved praise for manager Malky Mackay and he feels once the Scot finishes refreshing the squad that results will follow.

“The manager has been good; he’s got a great track record in the league and he wants to bring in a few new players as well as keeping a core of some of the ones he already has here,” Pearce continued.

“Hopefully the few new faces will help the lads here and hopefully we’ll gel as a team and get a few results.”

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