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11 February 2016

Defender discusses his first month at Latics and reflects on his memorable loan spell with Oldham Athletic in the 2012-13 campaign.

  • Reece Wabara is the feature interview for the Wigan Athletic v Oldham Athletic programme.
  • “I loved it at Oldham,” says Wabara, who scored FA Cup winner v Liverpool for the Greater Manchester side.
  • Lee Nicholls picks his ‘One to Eleven’, Reece James takes part in the ‘Name Game’ whilst Gary Caldwell, Craig Morgan and Jonathan Jackson all provide their regular contributions.
This week we caught up with defender Reece Wabara for the club’s official match programme.

Wabara, 24, talks about his time on loan at Oldham Athletic between 2012 and 2013, his first month with Latics, his clothing range Maniere De Voir and his future in an depth interview with the club’s media team.

“Playing for Oldham was probably the first time that I felt like a professional footballer,” Wabara explained. “I was getting into the nitty and gritty side of the game and dealing with players and styles of play that I hadn’t experienced before.

“I loved it at Oldham, I played around 30 games for them on loan and I scored in the FA Cup game against Liverpool which was a special moment for me.

“It was a good spell for my natural football development, I really enjoyed it and, as I was just 20, it was good for me to go and play games in an environment like that with lots of good people.”

Wabara also spoke of the feeling in the Latics dressing room at the moment:

“I think everyone feels confident; I was speaking to Craig Davies this week and I was saying that a lot of the players here are experienced in these situations and have played at a higher level so nobody is playing with fear, in contrast we are just looking forwards and excited about our upcoming games.

“It isn’t an arrogance or complacency, we’re just very confident and know that we have the best squad in the league so we need to stick together and get the job done.

“Everyone is training super hard but what is good is that we have nobody sulking if they don’t get in the team because we know it is for the best of the team.

“Everyone has the same vision and that is to get promoted, we are all on the same page and we have the same goal.”

Wabara isn’t the only contributor this week; Lee Nicholls picks his Latics ‘One to Eleven’, Reece James takes part in the ‘Name Game’ and Craig Morgan provides his insight from the dressing room.

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