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NATHAN BYRNE: "I'M ENERGETIC AND PACEY"

31 August 2016

Find out more about Latics' new signing Nathan Byrne, who completed a three-year deal on transfer deadline day from Wolves.

  • Former Spurs youngster describes himself as "energetic and pacey".
  • Byrne become Latics' 13th summer addition and says club is heading in the right direction.
  • 24-year-old hopes to prove himself in the Sky Bet Championship.

Wigan Athletic's deadline day addition Nathan Byrne has promised energy and pace in his performances when he dons Latics' colours this season.

The 24-year-old, who graduated through Tottenham Hotspur's academy before impressing for Swindon Town, told Latics PlayerHD:

"I'm energetic, I want to attack and run at people, provide crosses and have shots but overall I'm about energy and my pace."

Byrne became the 13th player to arrive on either a permanent or loan deal at the DW Stadium this summer and he said he's pleased to have the move completed after it had been mooted for some time.

"I'm over the moon that the deal has been done; we obviously left it quite close to the deadline but the main thing is that it's finally happened and I can look forward to it now," Byrne explained.

"It's a nerve-wracking process; I just want to be playing, I want to be part of a squad, it didn't work out the way I wanted it to at Wolves but I don't hold any grudges.

"Wigan is a great club and, having spoken to the manager, I know they're heading in the right direction and I want to be part of that."

And the St. Albans-born winger believes he fits in with his new manager Gary Caldwell's style of playing, having played in a similar set up at Swindon.

"The gaffer first saw me at Swindon and they played a similar formation to how Wigan are trying to play this season," he added. "He's seen me a number of times playing as a wing back so he's spoken to me, told me his plans, told me what he wants and I think I can give that.

"The manager said all of the right things and I am looking forward to working with him and the team."

Byrne is just four appearances shy of 150 in the EFL from spells with Brentford, AFC Bournemouth - where he played alongside fellow summer signing Shaun MacDonald - Crawley Town, Swindon Town and Wolves, and at 24 he believes he boasts good experience, though his main aim is to now establish himself in the Championship.

"My first loan was when I was 18 so I've been playing in the League for six years now and I think I know what I am doing," he said. "I want to show everyone what I can do and prove myself in the Championship more so than I did last season."

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