Latest addition believes the DW Stadium is the right place for him to continue his development after coming through the ranks at Manchester United.
- Sharpe and Caldwell ambition crucial to James as he pens three-year deal.
- Latics interest prompted quick move for the young left back.
- James impressed by teammates in early training sessions.
Watch Reece's interview in full on LaticsPlayerHD.
Wigan Athletic’s latest summer addition Reece James says a move to the DW Stadium is perfect for his development as he looks to make his mark in the Football League after coming through the ranks at Manchester United.
James told LaticsPlayerHD the move came about quite quickly with the 21-year-old penning a three-year deal shortly after learning of Latics’ interest despite being the desire of a number of Championship clubs.
“The move came about quite quickly for me; I knew there were a few clubs interested in me and then I heard of Wigan Athletic’s interest which really stood out to me.
“It’s a massive club and they’ve had a lot of joy in the last few years so for me it was really interesting to hear of the interest.
“Once I expressed my desire to move, it was sorted in three or four days and thanks to the chairman and the manager the move was completed quickly.
“I had some great times with Manchester United but you get to a point in your career where you know your limits and I knew I wasn’t going to kick on into the first team so I needed to change and play some games and I feel Wigan Athletic is the perfect club to do that with,” he continued.
“I spoke to the chairman and manager here and that was a major factor in me signing, it’s also not too far from home and that’s another good factor for me that appeals but the main contribution in my decision was the club’s recent history and ambition to return to where it has been.
“Gary [Caldwell] told me to come in and play my game; he said he wants us to play football and build a young and hungry team with some experienced players in there to help us try and push on and go up this season.”
James travelled up with Latics to Scotland, though a paperwork issue relating to Manchester United’s trip to America meant he couldn’t feature against Partick Thistle on Tuesday and instead will have to wait until Friday’s game at Dundee to make his first appearance for the club, something he’s looking forward to after a brief pre-season schedule with the Red Devils.
“I joined up with the team to travel to Scotland and it’s been good so far,” the Bacup-born defender explained. “Due to paperwork, I couldn’t play against Partick Thistle and that was unfortunate but I trained on Wednesday and I’ve been really impressed with the players and the standard.
“I’ve had two weeks at United and played a 90 minute game which was tough for pre-season but I’ve worked hard and will continue to here to try and get a place in the starting line-up.
“It’s the manager’s decision of course but I’ll just try and impress him in training over the next couple of days and hopefully I’ll be involved against Dundee and Blackburn.”
On what Latics fans can expect from him, James said:
“I like to get the ball down and pass, be attack-minded as much as possible and travel down to the by-line with the ball and put crosses in.
“I’ll do what I can to help the team win and always give my all.”