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24 July 2015

England youth international Jonjoe Kenny pleased to sign up for two-month loan deal with Wigan Athletic.

  • Kenny “buzzing” to get started.
  • 18-year-old impressed with manager Gary Caldwell.
  • Former Latics Roberto Martinez and David Unsworth support move to DW Stadium.
Defender Jonjoe Kenny believes it is the right time to make his mark on first-team football after joining Latics on a two-month loan deal from Everton.

Kenny, 18, has progressed through the ranks at Goodison Park and featured regularly at development squad level but now he thinks the opportunity to move to the DW Stadium is perfect for the next stage of his career.

“I’ve been at Everton since I was nine and I’ve come through the ranks there, played youth team and reserve team football and also played for England from the Victory Shield side up to the U18s, it’s been a good career so far,” Kenny explained.

“I’ve played reserve team football now for about two years and I feel like now is the right time for me to experience first team football out on loan with a big club like Wigan Athletic, it’s a great move for me.

“I came home from Singapore with Everton’s first team last week, went into training on Monday and then got told about the move but it’s the opportunity I’ve been waiting for so I’m buzzing to get started.”

A couple of Latics links were crucial in the move as David Unsworth and Roberto Martinez spoke to the Liverpudlian before his move.

“David Unsworth [U21 manager at Everton] has had me for a full season and he told me I was ready to experience first team football,” he added.

“He played as a defender like me and I’ve learnt so much from him. Roberto’s been here too, he knows what the club is all about, and it’s good that he recommended this is the club I develop at.”

Kenny has also reserved praise for his new manager, Gary Caldwell, and he hopes to reward the Scot with some solid performances during his time with the club.

“Gary has been brilliant with me; he phoned me and had a chat about the move, told me what he wants for the season and I’ve been very impressed with him.

“I want to get a few games under my belt and help the team to get some early points on the board.”

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