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JACK BYRNE: “THE DIRECTION OF WHERE THIS CLUB IS GOING EXCITES ME"

1 February 2017

Jack Byrne discusses late Transfer Deadline Day move to Wigan Athletic from Manchester City.

  • Republic of Ireland Under 21 international Jack Byrne joins on a permanent deal from Manchester City.
  • Byrne spoke to former Latics favourite James McClean before signing.
  • He describes himself as a player who “never shies away from the ball”
Republic of Ireland midfielder Jack Byrne is raring to go with Latics having penned a permanent deal with the club from Manchester City this evening. 

20-year-old Byrne had been with the Citizens since the age of 15, and teams up with the Latics having spent the first half of the season on loan at Blackburn Rovers.

He says he had a really good feel for the club when he spoke to manager Warren Joyce and former Latics favourite James McClean.

“It’s been a long day but I’m delighted to get it over the line and I’m looking forward to getting started under Warren,” he told Latics PlayerHD. 

“He played a huge part in me joining this club. His record at Manchester United speaks for itself and when I spoke to him I got a really good feel for the club.”

The Dublin born player moved to Manchester City as a youngster, and has spent time on loan at SC Cambuur and Blackburn Rovers.

“I moved over to Manchester City when I was only 15 and I enjoyed a loan spell over in Holland the year before last. I went to Blackburn Rovers earlier this season now but I’m here now and I’m happy.

“I know James McClean very well and I spoke to him before coming here. He couldn’t speak highly enough of the club and he gave me a good feel when I spoke to him.”

He is now looking forward to a fresh start at the DW Stadium, and says the Latics fans can expect a player who gives his all during every game.

“I’m a small, technical player who likes to get on the ball, but I’ll never shy away from the ball and I’ll always look to find a pass be that in the first minute or the last.

“I would have liked to have played a little bit more at Blackburn but circumstances didn’t allow that. I’m looking forward to kicking on with Wigan now though.”


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