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12 June 2015

‘Opportunity and potential’ attracted Morgan to sign for Latics.

  • Craig Morgan set to join Latics on July 1.
  • Defender to join from Rotherham United at end of contract.
  • Morgan joins David Perkins and Richard O’Donnell as summer recruits.
After agreeing to sign for Wigan Athletic at the end of his contract with Rotherham United on 1 July, defender Craig Morgan said his eyes lit up at the chance of making his move to the DW Stadium.

“I had offers from teams in higher leagues, but I chose to come here because of the opportunity and potential here, I didn’t want to just mull around in the Championship.

“I want to be part of success with this club, I have done previously and I’ve enjoyed it so much that when Wigan came in for me I jumped at the chance because this club is the place I can see myself being successful at once again.

“The changeover of the Chairman and the manager last season seems to have given the club a fresh start for this new season.

“The club hit a very low point last season, but the only way is north for us and that’s why I was excited about coming here.”

When asked what he would bring to the team, Morgan added:

“I’ll never give anything less than 100%, I’m a physical player who is always up for a battle.

“I think over the years supporters of the teams I’ve played for have seen me give everything and appreciated that.”

Excited to return for pre-season and to get going as a Latics player, Morgan recalled his one appearance at the DW Stadium, and said it’s time the feel good factor came back.

“I played here at the start of the year for Rotherham, it’s a good place to play football and it’s in desperate need of having the feel good factor restored to it.

“Winning games in League One is the only way we’re going to achieve that, the fans in turn will become more vocal again.

“Our aim as players is to create a good environment for the fans, to get as many through the door as possible and the best way to do that is to win games.”

With a busy summer ahead once the squad returns for pre-season, the defender said he’s been glad of the break, but at times couldn’t keep his mind of his future.

“I tried to take my mind of things straight after the season ended.

“I went straight on holiday and tried to relax, but that’s not always easy when you’ve got two young children, and of course I had my future on my mind.

“I’ve managed to be as calm as I can about the situation, it’s been a new situation for me because I haven’t been in this position of being out of contract many times before.

“Like I said I had other offers, but I feel I’ve made the right choice in coming here.”

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