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GETTING TO KNOW: DAN LAVERCOMBE

6 January 2016

Young goalkeeper introduces himself to Latics.

  • Dan Lavercombe signed for Latics from Torquay United.
  • Goalkeeper to spend rest of 2015/16 on loan at Torquay.
  • 19-year-old excited for future with Latics.
Latics’ first signing of the January transfer window, Dan Lavercombe, speaks about his move from Torquay United to the DW Stadium, as well as his hopes for the rest of the season back on loan at the Plainmoor outfit.

How did the move to Latics come about?

“I was at Liverpool for a short period at the end of last year for a week training, and then a few weeks back I was at Bolton Wanderers to train.

“I then came here and loved it here, so signing was an easy decision to make in the end.

“It’s a very exciting move for me, and it’s made me want to work even harder, especially with the faith shown in me by the manager, and by Mike Pollitt.

“I came up about a month ago for a week of training with Mike and the goalkeeping group.

“It was a very good level of training and something I think I’ve already started to learn from.  I got another call this week to see if I could come up to sign.”

What’s your background, and how has your career progressed so far?

“I’m from Torquay, but I started out playing for Exeter City until Under 16s.

“I signed as a scholar at Torquay and managed to earn a professional contract at the end of last season.

“I played five games at the end of last season and kept three clean sheets.  I was only a scholar at the time as well, so it was a massive thing for me.

“I’ve carried on this year and it’s been a good experience so far.  I was nervous to start with, but got used to the first team environment quickly.”

You’re set to go back to Torquay on loan for the rest of the season, what are your expectations?

“I’m going to train up here a few times a week, and also down at Torquay.

“Playing first team football is brilliant experience, so I’m going back on loan to Torquay until the end of the season.

“It’s been a tough season so far for Torquay, but I’m hoping that with every game I learn more, as well as helping the club to achieve its goal.

“It’s a long way from home, but I’ll get used to that.  Torquay is a long way from anywhere really, every away match we play is quite a trek, so I’m used to being away from home a lot.  I’ll be fine.”

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