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7 August 2017

Latest addition says he brings good pedigree to compete for the number one spot at the DW Stadium.

  • Goalkeeper Jamie Jones signs for Wigan Athletic.
  • WATCH: Jones’ first exclusive interview as a Latics player.
  • Jones: “I am looking forward to the challenge”

Wigan Athletic’s latest summer signing, goalkeeper Jamie Jones, says he is embracing the challenge of competing for the number one spot at the DW Stadium after signing a one-year deal on Monday.

Jones has extensive EFL experience, boasting over 250 league games in a career that has seen him play most notably for Leyton Orient, Preston North End, Colchester United and Stevenage.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after his arrival, Jones said:

“It’s good to come to a club like Wigan, I am looking forward to getting started and really kicking on.

“I went to Leyton Orient when I was 19 from Everton’s academy, moving down south and spending six years down there before coming back up here to Preston.

“I went out on a few loans and then I moved to Stevenage last year.

“So I have got good pedigree, I’m here now and I am looking forward to the challenge.”

Jones says manager Paul Cook has handed him a good opportunity and that he is here to compete with Christian Walton for the number one spot.

“The gaffer has given me a good opportunity to come here and push for the number one spot with Christian,” he added. “All I can do is work hard, challenge for the spot and help him develop and get the best out of each other.”

Jones arrives with a few familiar faces already at the club, including former Colchester teammates Alex Gilbey and Gavin Massey.

And Jones says the environment here at Latics is perfect for him to come into.

“It is always good knowing one or two people; everyone knows Gilbey is a bubbly lad and Gav is a nice down to earth lad too,” he continued.

“It was a good result for the lads at the weekend; it wasn’t an easy game to start off with but the lads pushed on really well and got the win.

“It is a good place to be; the training ground is brilliant and everyone is looking forward to the upcoming games.

“You can see with the recruitment the gaffer has made that there is strength in depth - we want to be in the top two come the end of the season.”

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