Watch young duo Callum Lang and Luke Burgess discuss pre-season so far and the upcoming friendly with Liverpool FC.
- Duo were awarded professional contracts by the club at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.
- "Max Power and David Perkins have stood out to me so far" - Callum Lang
- Lang scored late on in last Saturday's 3-3 draw against Crewe Alexandra
Callum Lang and Luke Burgess are hoping their efforts so far during pre-season will have caught the eye of manager Paul Cook.
The pair were awarded professional contracts at the end of the 2016/17 campaign, having been a part of Nick Chadwick’s Under 18 set-up for the past two seasons.
Lang’s performances in front of goal last year were key for Latics’ youngsters as they reached the final of the EFL Youth Alliance Cup, while midfielder Burgess put in a number of impressive displays from midfield.
Both players were involved in last Saturday’s behind closed doors friendly against Crewe Alexandra at the club’s training centre, with Lang finding the net late on in a 3-3 draw.
Discussing pre-season so far, Lang said: “It’s been tough work since we’ve joined up with the first team, but we’ve both worked hard and it’s been good to get back in. The gaffer wants high standards from everyone this year so like I say it’s been tough work but really enjoyable.
“The gaffer wants a lot of us to press and for us to be a hard working team by winning the ball back high up the pitch, so if we can continue to work hard on that and get it right then we’ll be a very good side.
“Max Power and Perks (David Perkins) have stood out for me so far because they’ve always been at the front of running and they both set good standards, so they’re like role models for us.”
Burgess added: “It’s been good to come back and start running with the lads again. The off season has been good for us both and we’ve really worked hard. We’ve been doing loads of endurance based running so far and have done little games too, so it’s been good.
“It’s a lot quicker than Under 18’s football because we’re obviously up against men now, but I think we’ve both done well and coped with it all.”
With Latics taking on Liverpool at the DW Stadium on Friday night, Lang is hoping the pair will have the opportunity to make an impact against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“It’ll be nice to play in front of a good crowd on Friday, especially with it being against a big side so there’ll be lots of fans there and we just want to do our best to impress.”