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31 August 2017

Alex Bruce talks to iFollow Latics after penning one-year deal at the DW Stadium on Deadline Day.

  • WATCH: Alex Bruce discusses signing for Wigan Athletic.
  • Defender signs a one-year-deal with Latics.
  • Bruce scored for Bury at the DW Stadium earlier this season.

Alex Bruce feels he has unfinished business with Latics after joining Paul Cook’s side on a one-year-deal on transfer deadline day.

Bruce signed for the club on loan from Hull City back in January but only made one substitute appearance during his time at the DW Stadium after recovering from injury.

Speaking to iFollow Latics, Bruce said: “I’m delighted to have signed and it feels good to be back. It’s a little bit of unfinished business for me here really because obviously I came here last season but wasn’t really fit as I was just getting over an operation.

“I’m fully fit now though and have got a couple of games under my belt, so I’m looking forward to getting started. I’ve met the management team here and they’re really good guys so I can’t wait.

“It’s not been easy over the summer and my wife will probably tell you that more than me! I’ve had agents ringing me up and there’s been a few unbroken promises, but I’ve just kept a level head so when moves like this do happen the patience is all worthwhile.

“I wouldn’t say I let the club down last season because I didn’t really get on the pitch, it’s as simple as that but it was frustrating because I wanted to play so to join the club after missing pre-season and being out for nine months, it was tough. This time around I’m a different player; I’m fit, and I just want to show the supporters and everyone who has put faith in me how appreciative I am.”

And Bruce was quick to make amends with Latics supporters after celebrating his goal for Bury here just a couple of weeks ago in a temporary stay with the Shakers.

“It was my first game of the season and I manage to score a goal,” Bruce added. “I’ll probably get a bit of stick for the celebration but I don’t score very many, so hopefully the supporters can forgive me.”

Latics won 4-1 that day and Bruce is keen to join up with his new teammates having been so impressed with their performance at the DW that day.

“There’s some very good players here and I was always hopeful the team would do well this season,” Bruce continued.

“The club have brought in an experienced manager who knows what he’s doing at this level, so I hope we do well and that we achieve everything we want.”

And Bruce said his Dad Steve still talks well of his time at Latics:

“He enjoyed his time here and speaks highly of his time at the club. He’s delighted I’ve joined and fingers crossed we can get the ball rolling now and continue to win games.

“I’m hoping for a long and successful spell.”

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