Midfielder delighted to pen two-year deal with boyhood club on return from Blackpool loan spell.
- Jordan Flores signs new two-year contract with Wigan Athletic.
- Flores helped Blackpool to win promotion from Sky Bet League Two in loan spell last season.
- Aspull-based midfielder: “I love this club and I have always wanted to play here.”
Wigan Athletic academy graduate Jordan Flores says his love for the club was a key factor in him signing a two-year deal at the DW Stadium, following the expiration of his previous contract.
Flores spent last season on loan with Sky Bet League Two Blackpool, helping Gary Bowyer’s Tangerines to promotion to the third tier, and he says that spell at Bloomfield Road makes him a better player than the one that left Latics for the Seaside temporarily last campaign.
“I’m buzzing; I am going into what is my sixth season now and every year I feel like I have made progress,” Flores explained.
“Last season that meant going out on loan and getting game time but this season I will hopefully break into the team.
“I support this club, I love this club and I have always wanted to play here.”
Reflecting on his spell at Bloomfield Road, in which he played 21 times and scored three goals, Flores added:
“I learnt a lot on loan at Blackpool; the Saturday-Tuesday and the physical side of the game was something I had to get used to and I think I did.
“I feel like I have come on a lot as a player having been there; I played at Wembley and that was a great experience.
“I had promotion with Latics last season and got promoted again with Blackpool so I feel like I know what it takes now.”
And he admits he’s excited at the prospect of facing his former teammates this campaign, adding:
“The Cup has paired us against Blackpool so I am looking forward to that.
“It will be good to play them in the league at Bloomfield Road too – I think the fans are happy that one is on a Saturday!”
Flores finished by stating he has enjoyed his early communication with new Latics boss Paul Cook, and that he is excited to get back to work ahead of Liverpool’s visit to the DW in just over three weeks’ time.
“I like what the new manager has had to say,” he continued. “He’s got good ambition for the club going forwards.
“I am really looking forward to getting back into it; I have been in a couple of days now to start working on my fitness.
“We have got Liverpool again in pre-season; it will be great for the club to host that game again and I want to be involved and test myself against the best players in a few weeks.”