Latest Latics signing Donervon Daniels feels DW Stadium move is crucial for his progress.
- 21-year-old defender “ecstatic” to arrive at the DW from West Bromwich Albion.
- Daniels feels he fits into the mould of defender boss Gary Caldwell is looking for.
- Former Aberdeen and Blackpool describes himself as “pacey and organised defender”.
Wigan Athletic’s fourth summer signing Donervon Daniels says he is ecstatic to move to the DW Stadium and link up with his new teammates ahead of the 2015-16 Sky Bet League One season.
Daniels arrives at the DW Stadium from West Bromwich Albion where he was on the fringes of the team before moving on loan to Tranmere Rovers, Gillingham, Blackpool and Aberdeen.
And, with intermittent spells a theme of Daniels’ short time in the game, the defender says the move to Wigan provides him with an important platform to progress and kick-start his career.
“I’m ecstatic to be here,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming and I’m really pleased that it’s all over the line and we can just get on to focusing on football and the season ahead.
“There were other clubs interested but for me it’s about my personal development because I’m 21 and I just want to learn from the experienced players already at the club and bring that into my personal performances.
“I’ve come here on the back of what wasn’t a brilliant season for the club but I want to be part of the positive push for this team, for this club and for this town.
“I believe this is the most important time of my career so I need to get games, get my head down and be part of the squad.”
After chairman David Sharpe and boss Gary Caldwell secured Daniels’ signature, the defender says he in return will bring exactly the sort of defending his new manager is after.
“I bring a lot of pace and understanding,” he added. “I’m technically good and I feel like I can bring what Gary wants in terms of playing with the ball from the back and being organised.”
Despite interest from a number of clubs, Daniels says it was his quick bond with the former Scotland international that proved crucial in the move.
“The size of the club, the ambition of the club and the way me and Gary quickly built up a relationship helped and that’s a massive pulling point for me,” Daniels explained.
“I was convinced from the first moment I spoke to the gaffer, Gary, and the chat with him and the chairman was very reassuring in terms of why I’m coming here, what role they see me in for the future and I wanted to come here from the word go.”