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8 February 2019

In the build-up to Latics' trip to Rotherham United, defender Reece James spoke to iFollow Latics to talk about his decision to stay on loan at the DW Stadium.

  • iFollow Latics - Reece James talks about his happiness at Wigan Athletic.
  • Chelsea loanee turned down a number of other loan moves in January.
  • "I didn't see any benefit in leaving." - Reece James.

Speaking to iFollow Latics before leaving to travel for Wigan Athletic's Sky Bet Championship fixture against Rotherham United, Chelsea loanee Reece James discussed the reasoning behind him staying at Latics in January, despite offers to move on loan to other Championship clubs.

The 19-year-old defender began:

"I didn't see the benefit in moving when I'm playing week in, week out and enjoying it here.

"They're all good lads and we're in a decent position in the table and hopefully we can push up a bit higher.

"The Wigan fans are very good at telling me when I'm doing well, they vote for me for Man of the Match and Player of the Month and I'm very thankful for their support.

"Everyone made me feel welcome as soon as I got here and I got to know people pretty quickly."

Another major influence on James staying at Latics was his manager, Paul Cook. he continued:

"The manager is really good. He speaks to me quite often about where he thinks I can improve and he's quick to tell me what I'm doing well.

"Everyone I speak to at Chelsea just urges me to keep doing what I'm doing, stay fit and injury free and just keep pushing and moving forwards."

Cook moved James into midfield against Queens Park Rangers last weekend in the absence of captain Samy Morsy, and the defender said he was more than happy to step into the central role.

"It's a lot different to playing right back, but I played there when I was younger, so I do understand the role, but I don't mind it and I'll do a job there.

"Positions change, but football has the same principles, being good on the ball, working hard and winning.

"It's a little bit tougher playing in the Championship than in youth team or under 23 football in terms of physicality, but I wouldn't say it's anything I can't deal with."

James scored his first senior goal back in November against Leeds United at the DW Stadium and despite being visibly delighted at getting off the mark, he was just happy to see the ball go into the net.

"It was a great moment. It's what I always dreamt of as a little boy and to score it against a very good opponent added to the feeling.

"To be fair I just wanted it to cross the line, I didn't really mind how it went in."

Latics head to Rotherham United this weekend in the Sky Bet Championship, a huge match in the shape of the club's season, as James explained.

"This is probably one of the biggest games of the season so far for us because if we get three points at Rotherham then we're looking up the table.

"They made it very tough for us in the game at home. They're a very strong, physical side and they know what their jobs are and how to do them, but we're looking to stick together and get three big points."

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