New signing Buxton encouraged by club’s reputation.
- Jake Buxton signs for Latics from Derby County.
- Experienced defender ready to give his all at his new home.
- Buxton on ‘tough, but important decision’ to leave Derby.
Speaking at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre earlier today, the 31-year-old said:
“It’s probably 75% of my make up that I’m a leader and I do believe strongly in when you cross that white line it’s in your heart what you can bring to the football pitch.
“I’m not bad with my feet either and I’m looking forward to showing that in the games that I play.
“I’ll guarantee I’ll give everything I’ve got for this football club, and I’d like to think that every supporter who pays their money or buys their season ticket will like what I want to give to this club.”
On his decision to leave Derby County, a club he’d spent seven years with, Buxton continued:
“Gary Caldwell and David Sharpe chased me up over the summer and made me feel very wanted.
“The way they spoke about the football club made me like it even more. It’s a well-run family club and from being around the place for 24 hours I can really see what they meant when they said that to me.
“It was a tough decision to leave Derby County because I had built up a good relationship, not only with the players, but with people behind the scenes from the kit man to the kitchen staff.
“The most important thing wasn’t happening for me which is playing week in week out and showing everybody what I am as a player, not just a good lad and a good character.
“It was vitally important that come the summer I looked at options to be playing again and Wigan Athletic is the strongest option for me.”
Looking ahead to the new season, Buxton said he’s excited to start work with familiar team mates and new faces.
“I’ve played with Stephen Warnock and Michael Jacobs and they’ve only had good things to say about the club.
“I’ve come across the majority of the squad at some point over my career and we’ve got some really good players, but the next step is to maintain the standards they showed last season.
“It’s a challenge, and one I’m looking forward to.”