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4 July 2016

West Ham youngster excited to get started.

  • Kyle Knoyle signs on loan for Wigan Athletic.
  • Defender arrives at DW Stadium from West Ham United.
  • Knoyle here to ‘contribute to the badge’ as well as development.
West Ham United defender Kyle Knoyle has joined Latics on loan until the end of the 2016-17 season, and says he’s excited to get started, to continue developing his own career and importantly to him, contribute to the team.

“My aim for the season was to get out on loan,” Knoyle began.

“I was told Wigan Athletic had been watching me.  After discussing it with West Ham and with people here I definitely felt it was the right club to come to.

“I’m very happy to be here, especially on the back of the club winning League One last season.  It’s a club I’ve grown up knowing as a Premier League team, so it’s a very good place to come to and with the aim of returning, I like the ambition of the club.

“It’s clear there’s a good team here because of how well they did last season as a new group and I’m just excited now to be part of that.

“Everyone has been really welcoming, and it was nice to see some familiar faces because I played with Billy (Mckay) at Dundee United, and Danny Whitehead was at West Ham with me a few years ago.”

On his new surroundings, Knoyle continued:

“Playing in the Championship is going to be very tough, but I’m excited to get started, to work hard and then be ready to do my bit for the team when I get the chances.

“As a player you’ve got to connect with the fans and the people involved at any club you go to.  I see that clearly, every time I get the opportunity to play I’ll be playing for the badge, not just for my own development.

“I’m here to help do a job for team, I’m a Wigan player for now and I’m going to do my best for the club.”

Knoyle arrives at the DW with first team experience from a short loan spell with Scottish Premiership side Dundee United, having made his West Ham United debut earlier last season, more welcome experience he explained:

“This time last year I made my debut in the Europa League and that taste of first team football gave me the desire to go and do that on a weekly basis.

“I was working hard in the under 21s and got myself on the bench in the Premier League against Liverpool. From then I carried on in the under 21s, but I knew I needed to develop more to get myself into the first team.

“I enjoyed my time at Dundee United, obviously it was a tough period for the club being in a relegation battle, but when the opportunity came about I always wanted to go there and play.

“The distance wasn’t a factor for me and it won’t be here in Wigan because I just want to come here and play first team football and contribute in a very good league.”

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