Midfielder very impressed by new Latics team-mates.
- Alex Gilbey signed for Latics from Colchester United on Tuesday.
- Midfielder featured in both matches against new club last season.
- Gilbey looking forward to moving away from home.
“When a big team like Wigan came into League One last season it was the game everyone was looking forward to, the one everyone was getting themselves up for,” Gilbey said.
“When we played at the DW Stadium early in the season and lost 5-0, Wigan were just a different class, so it’s really good to be here and finally get this move sorted to a team I’ve got a lot of admiration for.”
Latics thumped Colchester 5-0 at the DW in October, but it was a different story when Caldwell’s men travelled to the Weston Homes Community Stadium in March, a game which saw Gilbey scored a superb long range drive amongst the chaos of a 3-3 draw.
The 21-year-old added:
“I remember it was similar in the first half back at Colchester in March, I was just blown away going in at half time having been up against a top quality side.
“We were told to go out and enjoy ourselves in the second half with no pressure and to be fair we went out and nearly got a result in the end.
“The goal I scored was great personally and helped out the team, and I suppose you could say it made an impression.”
Before arriving at Latics’ new training facility in Euxton on Tuesday, Gilbey had only ever been with one permanent club, despite a successful loan spell at Newport County, and admits he’s excited to step into a new challenge.
“It’s really good to be here and I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks settling in and getting involved with pre-season.
“All I know at the moment is Colchester United and I’d really like to thank everyone for the way I’ve been treated and encouraged throughout my time there.
“It will be different from Colchester, but I’m really looking forward to moving away from home and getting to know the area around here. It’s a new challenge for me and one I can only be excited about.
“At Colchester I was told to grow up quickly so that’s what I did. I’ve experienced quite a lot in a short space of time with promotion at Newport and obviously relegation last year with Colchester.
“I want to play and win games here at Wigan Athletic, so it would be nice to score some goals in the Championship and help the club achieve its aims.”
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