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10 August 2018

Evans says he was reluctant to leave Latics in the first place as he returns for a second spell with the club, hoping for similar success to his spell last season at the DW Stadium.

  • WATCH: A delighted Lee Evans speaks to iFollow Latics after completing his return to Wigan Athletic
  • Evans has signed a loan deal at Latics but will complete permanent switch from Sheffield United in January
  • Evans: “It was a tough thing when I did have to leave Wigan. I have kept in touch with the staff and for them to show their faith in me in a permanent deal is great.”

iFollow Latics caught up with a delighted Lee Evans as the Wales international midfielder completed an initial loan move to the DW Stadium from Sheffield United.

Evans, 24, said he was over the moon to make his return to the DW, eight months after his loan with Paul Cook’s side was cut short by then parent club Wolves, to allow for a permanent switch to Sheffield United.

“I am delighted to be back,” Evans said. “I thoroughly enjoyed my previous spell with the club, I loved my time here and it was taken out of my hands when I had to leave but I am delighted to be back.

“This move came a little bit out of left field but I am over the moon to be back.

“I think I have [played some of my best football at Wigan Athletic]; that first six months with the club, I think we were playing really well, we had a settled team and a team that was winning games consistently and I think that then carried on for me, personally, in the second half of the season at Sheffield United.”

An eye for a spectacular goal, Evans scored an EFL Goal of the Season contender for the Blades last season and says he hopes Latics fans remember a couple of his special hits at the DW last term.

“It was a special goal – probably the highlight of my time there,” Evans added. “I think the Wigan fans will hopefully remember I scored a decent goal or two here as well, so hopefully I can add more.

“I enjoyed my time with Sheffield United, met a lot of great people along the way, but this has come up as another fantastic opportunity for me.

“I think adding more caps for Wales has been great for me personally and then playing regularly for Sheffield United in the Championship has been good too, I know what to expect after that half season and the few before I had been involved with for Wolves as well.”

Evans continued by saying Cook was a huge factor in his decision to return to the DW and finished with a message for Latics’ fans.

“The manager is a massive reason as to why I have come back,” he continued. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time with him, Leam [Richardson] and Ant [Barry] – all the staff really – and it was a tough thing when I did have to leave Wigan. I have kept in touch with them and for them to show their faith in me in a permanent deal is great.

“Thank you for the support that you did give me last year, I didn’t really get the opportunity to say that, and I am delighted to be back, hopefully I can put in similar performances to the last time I was here.”

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