Walker says Latics present him with the chance to present his career.
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Wigan Athletic’s first January signing Jamie Walker says the move to the DW Stadium from Hearts presents him with the perfect opportunity to progress his career.
Walker, 24, has been a key player at Tynecastle in recent seasons, but after his move to the DW for an undisclosed fee, he sees Paul Cook’s side as the perfect fit for the next stage of his career.
“I am delighted to be here,” Walker said. “It has been on the cards for a while but I am delighted to now get it over the line and concentrate on playing my football.
“I have been at Hearts a long time, it’s a great club with great people and I played a lot of games there and scored a lot of goals.
“This is a good change for me and certainly a club where I can progress my career; I am delighted to be here and hopefully I can kick on.
“I had a few clubs sniffing around but as soon as I came here, saw the facilities, met the manager, watched the game and saw how the manager wants us to play and how that will suit me perfectly, I chose here.
“The team are flying high at the top of the table and hopefully going to the Championship – hopefully I can get into the team and contribute a few goals.”
Describing his style of play, Walker added:
“I can play anywhere across the three front positions as a ten or left or right.
“I like to get on the ball and make things happen.”
Walker won’t go straight into Cook’s side as he recovers from a slight knock he picked up during Hearts’ match with Hibernian at the end of 2017, though he should be in full training in the next fortnight.
“I came down and had the medical and that’s all OK,” Walker continued. “I just have a little knock that I took in the derby in my last game for Hearts – hopefully I will be back playing in a couple of weeks and I’ll get out there and see the fans.”