iFollow Latics spoke exclusively to striker Ivan Toney as he arrived at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre on Wednesday.
- Striker Ivan Toney has signed a season-long-loan deal with Latics.
- Youngster eager to repay manager Paul Cook.
- 21-year-old scored a hat-trick against AZ Alkmaar last weekend.
Striker Ivan Toney described himself as a player who is “fun to watch and horrible to play against” after signing a season-long-loan deal from Newcastle United today.
The 21-year-old started his career at home town club Northampton Town before moving to the North East to sign a long-term contract with the Magpies.
He has enjoyed loan spells at Barnsley and Shrewsbury Town during his time at St James’ Park, and spent the second part of last season at Scunthorpe United where he helped the Iron to secure a Sky Bet League One play-off place.
On signing for the club, Toney told iFollow Latics: “It’s a great club and an attractive club to be at which has some fantastic facilities, so that’s the main reason I decided to come here.
“Everyone knows that Wigan should be in a division above the one they’re in so hopefully I can help them to do that and get them where they need to be.”
He is confident his previous experiences at this level will benefit him well, but is solely focused on repaying manager Paul Cook this season.
“I know the division well but I’ve just got to do my job really and hopefully that will be enough for the team and for the manager. I want to repay him for bringing me in.
“The gaffer was keen on me and he’s tried getting me before so that meant a lot to me. I just want to do well for him now that he’s got me here.
Toney has been in fine form for Newcastle’s Under 23’s during pre-season, and scored a hat-trick against AZ Alkmaar’s Under 23’s last weekend.
“I scored three a few days ago so hopefully I can bring that form into the first game of the season on Saturday and we get the win.
“Newcastle liked the attractive style of football that Wigan play and they thought it would suit me so that helped my decision.
“I’m fun to watch and horrible to play against, so I’m sure the fans will see that. I play with passion and want to win games.”
The youngster is now looking ahead to the new campaign with Latics, and believes the club will have a successful season with the talent in the squad.
“No footballer really likes pre-season because they’re tough so it’s enjoyable when it nears its end and everyone just gets going.
“It’s a very strong squad here at Wigan and I’m sure we will get to where we want to be this season.”