Flores named Latics’ Young Player of the Season for 2015-16.
- Jordan Flores named Young Player of the Season.
- Wigan-born midfielder claims award during breakthrough season.
- Award chosen by Latics boss Gary Caldwell.
Over the past 12 months a number of Latics’ Academy graduates have made their debuts for the club, with Tim Chow, Louis Robles and Ryan Jennings also appearing in the first team with Flores.
In a very young squad, the club also recruited Reece James, Max Power, Andy Kellett, Donervon Daniels and Ryan Colclough who have made their marks during the season, but it is Flores’ breakthrough into the first team from within the Academy structure which has impressed his manager into honouring him with the award.
Having made his debut as a second half substitute against Brentford in our final Sky Bet Championship match of the 2014-15 season, Flores began to make his mark early in the current campaign, earning his first start for the club in the Capital One Cup against Bury.
The Wigan-born midfielder then made his first league appearance against Crewe Alexandra, subsequently earning his first league start against Fleetwood Town, a game in which he lived the dream of scoring his first goal for the club at the DW Stadium.
Although his season became tough following a red card against Oldham Athletic in September and difficulty with a shoulder injury, his manager said he deserved the award due to his application on and off the pitch.
“I think he’s been fantastic, he came into the group at the beginning of the season and showed his quality.
“On the ball his quality is undoubted, he’s a fantastic technical footballer and he worked extremely hard on his fitness to get in the team.
“He had some difficult times throughout the season, but as a young player you’re always going to face those tests. He has to learn from that for next season, come back for pre-season stronger and fitter and really hit the ground running.”