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JAMIE HANSON: “THE GAFFER REALLY WANTED ME HERE AND THAT’S A MASSIVE PULL”

25 January 2017

New signing Jamie Hanson discusses his move to Latics on loan from fellow Sky Bet Championship side Derby County.

  • Jamie Hanson on signing for Latics on loan from Derby County.
  • Hanson talks of familiar faces at Latics in Jake Buxton, Stephen Warnock and Michael Jacobs.
  • “I’m aggressive, like to tackle and run hard for the team,” Hanson.
Wigan Athletic’s latest addition, Derby County midfielder Jamie Hanson, says the pull of manager Warren Joyce’s interest in him lured him to the DW Stadium until the end of the season. 

Hanson has played three times for the Rams this month, with Steve McClaren using the 21-year-old in a variety of roles.

Joyce actually wanted to add Hanson to his ranks on New Year’s Eve, but was thwarted in his attempts by the Rams’ need for the youngster’s versatility following a number of injuries at Pride Park.

“I’m very pleased to here,” Hanson said. “I felt like I was wanted by the club so it was a no-brainer for me to come here and get some games under my belt.

“The gaffer phoned me and said that the staff here liked me and felt I would be brilliant for them so when I heard that it made me feel wanted and I was itching to come.

“It should have happened straight after we played on New Year’s Eve, but unfortunately it didn’t quite go through then as Derby had a few injuries and needed me to fill in.

“That probably helped me because it showed I could be versatile and that attracted Wigan even more.

“I feel as fit as I ever have, and I hope I can take that on and show I am ready to play for Wigan.”

Describing himself as a player, Hanson added:

“I am aggressive, I can pass the ball, tackle and run hard and that’s what I believe my strengths are.

“I want to put myself on the map whilst I am here and prove I am good enough to play week in and week out in this league.”

Hanson joins a Latics squad containing former Derby teammates Jake Buxton, Stephen Warnock and Michael Jacobs and he says that will stand him in good stead.

“When Wigan came to Derby, they caused all sorts of problems and I knew there was a good team spirit,” he continued. “Bucko rang me and said that it’s a really good group of lads who play good football, so it really attracts me.

“I know both Stephen Warnock and Michael Jacobs from my time at Derby; I think they’ll guide me in the right way too so it will be good to play with them again.”

Sadly Hanson can’t be involved for Latics’ clash with Manchester United on Sunday, having already featured in the Emirates FA Cup for Derby in their win at West Bromwich Albion.

However, he’s looking forward to getting to know his teammates and enjoying the Old Trafford experience this weekend.

“I was looking out for both clubs’ draws in the FA Cup, it was great for Wigan to draw Manchester United away and I think, even though I can’t play, it will be great if I can travel and make the most of the experience and see how the lads do,” he finished.

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