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CALLUM LANG: "I'M THRIVING ON LOAN AT MORECAMBE."

28 December 2017

Latics forward delighted with progress after three goals in his last four games for Morecambe.

Callum Lang has scored three goals in his last four games for Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two, and the youngster spoke for Latics' match day programme to discuss his time at the Globe Arena so far.

The 19-year-old forward’s progress has come on leaps and bounds over the last month, starting his first game against Mansfield Town after scoring his first professional goal as a substitute against Coventry City, something to be proud of, Callum explained:

“I got my first goal against Coventry and that was a real confidence boost because it’s been tough to get into the team.  I was coming off the bench and felt like I was getting closer and closer to starting, but I got injured against Exeter City and that set me back.

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“I was out for a few weeks which was very frustrating because I had to start all over again. Since then I’ve carried on working hard and scoring against Coventry was the reward for that.

“The gaffer has started to trust in me more since then.  He gave me my first start against Mansfield Town and got myself another goal.  It was another big boost for my confidence and I came off the bench on Boxing Day and did the same again.  I was disappointed not to start against Notts County, but I made an impact and got a goal, hopefully that’s done enough to impress the manager.”

Speaking about the club itself, Lang continued:

“Morecambe is a family club.  Everyone is really close and they always stick together no matter what’s thrown at them.  The moment I got there I was made to feel welcome.  I’m proud to be part of the club, we’re struggling in the league, but with the spirit and group we’ve got I’m sure we’ll get out it.

“Playing in front of the Morecambe fans was nerve-racking at first, but I’m enjoying it now and having a good crowd on is helping me to develop.

“All of the big games in my career so far have been in the FA Youth Cup because that’s the most competitive environment I’d been in before I went to Morecambe. No matter how good I thought that experience was at the time, it doesn’t compare to a proper first team match.  People’s jobs are on the line and you take that responsibility on.”

Callum Lang celebrates scoring in the FA Youth Cup against Manchester City in 2015-16
Callum celebrates scoring against Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup in 2015-16.

Lang, who scored twice for Latics in pre-season against Grimsby Town and Notts County, made his professional debut for Latics earlier this season as a second half substitute against Blackpool in the Carabao Cup and followed it up with a further substitute appearance away at Aston Villa, before making his first start in the Checkatrade Trophy away to the Seasiders.  Having gathered momentum in the cup competitions, the forward was keen to stay within the EFL for his first loan spell away from the club.

“It’s good experience playing in League Two.  When it was put to me that I’d be going out on loan I always wanted to stay in the league.  I thought if I dropped down a league and did well then it would give me a chance to get into the first team when I’m back.

“It’s a lot more physical in League Two.  The defenders I’ve played against haven’t been as good technically, but they put you under a lot of pressure and always want to battle.  You have to be smart and learn how to play against that style.”

Callum Lang celebrates with Gavin Massey against Grimsby Town in pre-season
Lang celebrates with Gavin Massey after scoring against Grimsby Town in pre-season.

On the difference between Latics’ setup and Morecambe’s Lang continued, explaining how his time at the Globe Arena has matured him.

“The setup at Morecambe is a lot different because at Wigan we’ve got a big training facility.  We train on an artificial surface most of the time at Morecambe, so you have to look after your body differently. It’s hard to train on grass at this time of the year because pitches are either waterlogged or frozen.

“It does make you realise how good of a platform young players have at Wigan. At Morecambe you have to do a lot of things off your own back and that’s turned me into more of a man.

“It’s the first time I’ve been in a first team dressing room every week.  I was a bit nervous going in at first, but all the lads have been great.  There are a few Liverpool lads and I’ve got on well with them.

“The pressure on a Saturday afternoon is what I’m thriving off. It’s so important to the supporters, to the club and to me to be successful and win games.

“I feel like I’m settled in and I’ve learned a lot more about my own game. I’m improving on things which haven’t always been part of my game like holding the ball up.”

With what looks like a relegation battle ahead for Lang and the Shrimps, the youngster said he’s determined to play his part for Morecambe, but he’ll be happy no matter what happens this season as long as he’s playing.

“Whatever happens to me this season I’ll always remember my time at Morecambe because loan spells like this are what footballers often base their careers on.  I want to be successful with the club and help them get as far up the league as possible.

“I’m happy either way, whether it’s staying at Morecambe for the rest of the season and trying to get as many goals as I can, or coming back to Wigan and fighting for a place in the squad.

“The Wigan team is doing so well at the moment and I appreciate how hard it is to break into the team, but whatever happens I’m happy and I want to continue playing as much as possible.”


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