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31 January 2017

Josh Laurent speaks of his delight at being named a Wigan Athletic player.

  • Josh Laurent “over the moon” to have joined Latics.
  • Midfielder explains he’s a very hard working player who can get about the pitch.
  • 21-year-old eager to learn and develop his game under Warren Joyce.
Young midfielder Josh Laurent couldn’t hide his delight after signing a two-and-a-half-year deal with Wigan Athletic this evening.

The Londoner put pen to paper with the club from Sky Bet League Two side Hartlepool United having joined Pools this time 12 months ago on deadline day.

He has impressed in midfield for the Victoria Ground outfit this term, and has been involved in 30 games in all competitions, scoring one goal.

“I’m over the moon,” he told Latics PlayerHD. “I’m so excited to be here and can’t really put it into words how excited I am.”

Laurent has benefited from regular game time this season, and feels he has become a better playing since leaving London where had spells with Brentford and QPR.

“I joined Hartlepool this time last year and struggled at first during the first couple of months, but then fought my way into the team and seemed to have done well enough to keep my place.

“I was at Brentford and QPR before joining Hartlepool but didn’t really get the chance to play first team football, so that’s why I decided to move away to find that at Hartlepool.

“I’ve learnt so much from being at Hartlepool. There’s so many lessons every day and you’re playing for points every week in pressure matches. I’m hoping to learn even more here now though.”

He is now hoping to develop his game under the stewardship of Latics boss Warren Joyce, and continued: 

“I want to learn from the players and the management staff here. I’m going to take every day as it comes and hopefully we can do big things together.

“The manager told me that I need to be hungry and willing to work hard every day, and if I manage to do that then my ability will come out.”

Laurent is excited to make his debut at the DW Stadium and says he can’t wait to show the Latics supporters his talents.

“I’ve seen Wigan play a couple of times this season and I’ve heard so many good things about the manager. Players seem to be on his side.

“I’m so excited to get out there and play at the DW Stadium. I’ve heard the stadium is lovely and just can’t wait to play in front of bigger crowds.”

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