Fresh from his head-to-head with Josh Windass and Lee Evans for Soccer AM, Latics favourite Jimmy Bullard spent some time chatting about his career at the club.
- Jimmy Bullard - Fan favourite drops in at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre.
- Soccer AM and Jimmy were at Euxton this week for You Know the FIFA Drill.
- Bullard's reflects on his success at Latics, a time he describes as the best of his career.
It's been a busy week at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre in Euxton, and amongst the preparations for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Derby County at the DW Stadium, we saw a familiar face in unfamiliar territory, as everyone's favourite midfielder Jimmy Bullard returned to the club.
With Latics now at a completely different training ground from the former Fulham and Hull City man's time at Latics, it took Jimmy a moment to adjust, but as he stood chatting to Guy Clarke for episode 17 of Latics Listen, he soon got into the swing of talking about his favourite spell of his career.
Before you listen to Jimmy or read the excerpt below, take a moment to go behind the scenes with the Soccer AM presenter, Lee Evans and Josh Windass as they took on You Know the FIFA Drill! - Catch the challenge in full on this Saturday's Soccer AM!
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Jimmy, it must be great to be back at the club?
“It’s been a long time, I loved my time here, it was a fantastic five years.
“I think it was the only club where I won any medals and as a footballer that’s what you’re playing the game for.
“I had five years at the club, my longest time at a football club in my career, all my good times seemed to be at Wigan, winning games which just breeds enjoyment and that’s what I loved.
"The place has changed a lot, well, completely because we're here at a totally different training ground to the one I was at, but that's what happens, club's progress. The boys here have got a brilliant place to train and the set up with the staff is top notch.
"When I walked in I noticed all of the pictures on the walls of past players and me being me I was looking for mine first, but that's just because I'm busy."
We've spoken to a lot of your former team mates so far this season and they always mention your name, there seems to have been a lot of leaders in the dressing room when you played here?
“We had a lot of leaders, I remember a lot of the time we were first out on the pitch.
“We just loved it, we had a young and enthusiastic team, it was the hungriest team I’ve ever played for.
“I played for eight or nine clubs but when I was at Wigan all the players wanted to play in the Premier League and eventually, we got there, there was no hunger in a group like it.
“It was an easy decision to come here when Paul Jewell called me, when I first walked into the stadium I knew it was a team that wanted to win and how I wanted to progress as a player.
“Paul wanted hunger in his team and he (Paul) was probably the hungriest manager I’ve played for.
“I remember when he took the training sessions the losing team would always run, everything was built around winning.”
What was the biggest moment at Latics for you?
"It has to be getting into the Premier League, but the League Cup final was massive as well.
“We had some good players, we all came up together and he (Paul) put his belief in us.
“I think after two years the manager knew what we had as a squad, he knew our capabilities and we built on from there.
“We flew in the first year, stayed up comfortably in the Premier League which is what we wanted to do.”
“To beat Arsenal over two-legs in the semi-final was amazing and then to get into the final against Manchester United was an absolute dream come true.
“I still think about it fondly, it was probably one of the highlights of my career."