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29 August 2017

Forward Gary Roberts talks exclusively to iFollow Latics about signing for Wigan Athletic.

  • Roberts joins Latics after leaving Portsmouth.
  • Forward has previously played twice under Paul Cook.
  • “When the gaffer came in I couldn’t turn it down” – Gary Roberts.

Gary Roberts said it was a no-brainer to team up with Paul Cook again after signing a deal with Latics this afternoon.

The forward joins the club after leaving Portsmouth where he spent two seasons, and brings with him to Latics a wealth of Football League experience.

He has played under Cook twice before at Chesterfield and Pompey, having also represented the likes of Accrington Stanley, Ipswich Town and Huddersfield Town.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after signing, Roberts said: “It’s been a long couple of weeks for me. I’ve not been out of contract before for a long time so after leaving Portsmouth there were a few options, but when the gaffer came in I couldn’t really turn it down after what we’ve done together in the past. It was a no-brainer.

“It’s special when someone trusts in you and believes in you. I could have gone somewhere else and tried something new but I knew what to expect from the gaffer and I’m happy to join.”

Roberts met up with his new teammates for the first time today, and said he was impressed with the standard on show.

“I spoke to a few people before coming here and was told what a cracking set of lads they had. Once I heard that I wanted to be a part of it and be in and around the team.

“The standard was very good in training and I haven’t trained for a couple of weeks, so it’s going to take a bit of time to get up to pace with them but the quality is high and the results so far speak for themselves.”

The Liverpool born forward is also hoping his experience will play a role in the development of some of the club’s younger players.

“I bring a bit of experience to the team now that I’m over 30, and I’ve won promotion from this division before so if I can help the lads out then that’d be perfect.

“Physically I feel good but it’s always different playing games. It would have been nice to play tonight but I’ve joined too late, but any sort of minutes I can get soon would be great.”

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