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1 September 2016

Forward Kaiyne Woolery full of positivity following move to Wigan Athletic from Bolton Wanderers.

  • “I’m a player that likes to run in behind and stretch teams,” Woolery.
  • 21-year-old looking forward to linking up with some familiar faces at the DW Stadium.
  • Former Maidstone United youngster says his new manager Gary Caldwell feels he “can bring something different”.
Wigan Athletic’s deadline day signing Kaiyne Woolery says his manager Gary Caldwell has told him he can bring some different to Latics’ squad.

The 21-year-old, who impressed in non-league before signing for Bolton Wanderers in 2014, left the Macron Stadium for the DW Stadium on Wednesday and firmly believe he can make an impact.

“I’m delighted to sign for such a big club and I can’t wait to get started,” Woolery said. “The manager has said he believes I can give something different to the team and he can’t wait to start working with me.

“I’m a player that likes to run in behind and stretch teams and I have a little bit of pace – not too much, though!

“This season I haven’t really had a chance to show what I can do but hopefully here at Wigan I can do that.”

After playing for Tamworth in the 2013-14 season, Bolton paid a reported £10,000 for Woolery’s services in August 2014, sending him on loan to League Two Notts County before handing him his Championship debut in April 2015 against AFC Bournemouth.

The Hackney-born forward then saw more first-team football at the Macron last season, scoring twice in 20 appearances, albeit only six of those were starts.

Woolery scored the winner in a 2-1 win over Rotherham United just nine minutes after coming off the bench for his first EFL goal last season, and he says the league is much quicker than his days in non-league.

“The tempo is higher and the quality is better in the Football League,” he added. “In non-league, it’s more physical so in many ways it evens itself out.”

Now Woolery is turning his attentions to settling in at the DW and moving forwards with the club, a process that will be aided by some familiar faces.

“There’s four or five lads I know from my time at Bolton (including fellow deadline day signing Adam Le Fondre) so that’ll help me settle in,” Woolery explained. “The club did really well last season to get promoted straight away and it just shows you that the club’s going in a positive direction.”

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