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24 July 2015

Everton loanee Francisco Junior ready to work hard for chance with Latics.

  • Francisco Junior settling into ‘comfortable environment’.
  • Midfielder discusses loan move from Everton.
  • Former Benfica youth happy with progress so far.
After signing on loan from Everton ahead of Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle, and going straight into the team, midfielder Francisco Junior caught up with at Latics’ training base in St Andrews to discuss how he’s settled in so far.

“I’m not surprised about what I’ve seen so far,” said the 23-year-old.

“Wigan is clearly a great club to be at and the reputation of the club is one of the things that made me happy to come here.

“The group have all been very welcoming, it’s a very comfortable environment to be in and I’m very happy to be here.”

Junior joined Latics on loan from the Toffees alongside defender Jonjoe Kenny, but there was also another familiar face in the group, trialist John Lundstram, who the Portugal youth international says has helped him to settle.

“One thing I wasn’t expecting was to see John (Lundstram) here, but it’s great to have people that I already know here, it will help me and Jonjoe (Kenny) to settle quickly.

“It’s a brilliant opportunity for me to be here to show people what I can do, and most of all to show the gaffer that he can trust me and believe in my talent.

“I want to learn different things here, and I’ll take any chance they’re going to give me to play in the team in the first team.”

Junior’s first team ambitions were fulfilled just an hour after signing, with Gary Caldwell starting both of his new recruits in the 1-1 draw at Firhill Stadium on Tuesday.

“I wasn’t expecting to be in the starting line-up on Tuesday, but the manager gave me that chance and looking back on my performance I was happy with it.”

Starting in a deep midfield role against the Jags, Junior added that he’s comfortable in a number of roles and gave us an insight as to what to expect.

“My usual position is a forward role in midfield, but on Tuesday I played behind the two other central midfielders.  I feel comfortable in any position in midfield, so it all depends on where the manager wants me to play.”

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