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“ATTACK-MINDED” McALENY READY TO FIT IN AT LATICS

2 February 2016

Everton loanee hoping to add to Latics’ scoring run after joining until the end of the season.

  • McAleny says his game is based on getting and making goals.
  • 23-year-old says Roberto Martinez and Gary Caldwell have sold the benefits of the move to him.
  • Young forward looking forward to linking up with new teammates.
Wigan Athletic’s deadline day signing Conor McAleny says the style of football operated by Gary Caldwell and his side will prove perfect for his development.

McAleny, 23, says he is excited to link up with his new teammates as he looks to make an impact at the DW Stadium.

“I am delighted to be here; Wigan is a big club with some young and hungry players so I am excited to get started,” McAleny explained. “It is a good team here; a team that passes the ball and has a winning mentality and I can only progress from that.

“I am really attack-minded, a decent enough finisher, I like to get in the pockets and make things happen, I am busy and I work hard for the team to be a nuisance for the opposition.

“My game is about getting goals, making goals and I am excited to do that here.”

Former Latics boss Roberto Martinez advised McAleny on his move to the DW, and the forward says the Toffees boss only had positive things to say about the club.

“Roberto said good things about Wigan,” he added. “He praised the club’s fans and staff and said he thinks I will do well here.

“The gaffer here has been positive too; he is getting the lads playing and I am buzzing with that because that is my game.”

McAleny, who has made three first team appearances for Everton, has also spent time on loan in the Football League with Brentford, Scunthorpe United, Cardiff City and Charlton Athletic.

And he says those experiences have prepared him for what to expect in this stay away from Goodison Park.

“I have learnt a lot from my previous loan experiences,” McAleny continued. “It has brought my game on quite a lot and I feel like I am a totally different player from my first loan.

“I didn’t play too much in League One because I had an injury when I was at Brentford but I am expecting quick, typical English football and aggression and I will have to be on the ball.

“The short term aim is to do my best for Wigan and help the club win promotion. The team is doing really well so it up to me now to push my way in and then stay in.”

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