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31 July 2017

Exclusive first interview with new Wigan Athletic signing Callum Elder after his loan move from Premier League Leicester City.

  • Left back signs on a season-long-loan deal from Leicester City.
  • Australian has previous experience of playing in the EFL.
  • He first joined the Foxes as a 16-year-old.

Callum Elder says he wants to bring a real energy to the Latics side this year after signing a season-long-loan deal from Leicester City this afternoon.

The Australian left back, who has previous loan experience at Mansfield, Peterborough, Brentford and Barnsley, is eager to get going at the DW Stadium and meet up with his new teammates.

He signed for the Foxes as a 16-year-old and was awarded his first professional contract by the club at the end of the 2012-13 campaign, before graduating into the U21 team and signing a new deal at the King Power Stadium until the summer of 2019.

After signing for the club, he told iFollow Latics: “I’m delighted to have signed for the club. I spoke to the gaffer last week and he was really interested in bringing me in and for me to be a big part in his plans. I can’t wait to get started.

“I’m a left full back and an athletic player who likes to get up and down the flank and bring a real energy to the team, which is what the gaffer says he wants.”

The 22 year-old is hoping to play a big part in manager Paul Cook’s plans this season as the club look to bounce straight back into the Championship.

“He’s new to the club as well and wants us to really take to the league this season and be a powerhouse, so if I can bring that to his plans then hopefully it can be a successful season.

“He was excited and positive from the very first phone call I had with him, so I’m really looking forward to getting started and working under him.

“I definitely want to improve as a player and I believe the gaffer can help me do that. He’s worked with a lot of good full backs so I want to gain all the knowledge I can off him and to be involved in a squad that’s so positive and talented.”

Elder has been involved in the Foxes’ trips to Austria and Hong Kong during the off season, but is now raring for the league season to begin, starting on Saturday at MK Dons.

“I went out to Austria with Leicester during the second part of pre-season and then had a few days back in England before heading straight out to Hong Kong the following week, so it’s been different and really enjoyable. The real thing starts now though and I’m happy to have got the deal done.”

The move to the DW Stadium will reunite Elder with Nick Powell, with the pair playing together at Leicester during the 2014/15 season.

“I spoke to Nick before coming here and he had nothing but positive things to say about the club, so I’m looking forward to seeing him again.”

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