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14 January 2016

New Latics signing Reece Wabara delighted to move to the DW Stadium and says he is aiming for automatic promotion.

  • Wabara “honoured” to join Latics.
  • Ambition of Gary Caldwell played a big part in the former Manchester City man moving to the DW Stadium.
  • 24-year-old says style of football at Latics will suit him.

Wigan Athletic’s latest addition in the 2015-16 season, Reece Wabara, says he is honoured to join the club after completing a six-month deal at the DW Stadium on Thursday.

The 24-year-old, who came through the ranks at Manchester City, says the club’s ambition for promotion and especially that of manager Gary Caldwell, convinced him that Wigan was the place to further his career.

“It is an honour to sign for a club with the stature of Wigan Athletic,” Wabara said. “I am looking forward to playing now.

“A few weeks ago I received a call from my agent saying that the manager here wanted to sit down with me and have a chat and that was something that really interested me.

“The club is very ambitious; I could sense that from meeting the gaffer and the staff around the place. I am an ambitious person as well so the chance to come here and try and get promoted was too good an opportunity to turn down.

“I want to play in the Premier League and this club wants to get back there as well so hopefully I can achieve that goal here in the future.”

Wabara has featured twice against Latics already this season, playing for the Tykes in their penalty shootout victory over Latics in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Area semi-final and also in the 2-0 win for Caldwell’s side at Oakwell last month.

And he says he was impressed by the style of football displayed by Latics.

“I could tell the team liked to get the ball down and play and that suits me,” he added. “There are some very good players here and I can tell the aim is to get to the automatic promotion places rather than just the play-offs.

“I think I am very composed on the ball, fast and I feel I contribute assists and goals from the wing back position too.

“I can’t get wait to get going; I am looking forward to meeting my new teammates and getting to know everyone.”

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