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1 February 2019

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Latics icon Paul Scharner tells us all about what it's like to move in the January transfer window... TWICE!

  • Latics Listen - Paul Scharner on January transfers.
  • FA Cup winning defender on the club podcast explaining what it's like to move in the January transfer window.
  • Austrian defender now playing for Austrian fifth tier side SC Melk.

Speaking on the latest episode of our podcast, Latics Listen, iconic defender Paul Scharner talked Guy Clarke through the process of a January transfer window move, something he experienced twice on signing for Latics in 2006 and 2013, as well as updating us on his current situation, the latest addition at Austrian fifth tier side SC Melk.

Paul Scharner on joining Latics in 2006

"My dream came true in 2006 because I’d always hoped to play in the Premier League and Wigan Athletic gave me that chance.

"I joined the club from a team in Norway and because the season over there ends at the beginning of November so that’s why I joined Latics in January.

"I got in touch with Wigan in October 2005 after playing in the game between Austria and England at Old Trafford where I think Paul Jewell and Dave Whelan watched me play, so from there on we were always in touch and at the end of December we decided on the contract.

"I remember my medical at Wigan the first time around and I was so excited to be signing for a Premier League club that the doctor asked me what was happening with my blood pressure! It was the happiest day in my football life so I had to go back a couple of days later when it had lowered.

"Blood pressure is more common in modern day football because when you spend millions on a player you have to make sure he’s fit enough and that they repay you the money. There wasn’t as much money in the game when I was playing but it’s a point you have to look at these days."

Paul Scharner on re-joining Latics in 2013

"I had a mad day on transfer deadline day a couple of years before joining Wigan because I signed my last document to join in Norway at something like one minute to midnight!

"Graeme Jones got in touch with me four or five days before I signed for Wigan and he asked me about my situation at Hamburg and it was made clear quickly that I wanted to join Wigan again."

Paul Scharner on his current career

"I joined a non-league team in SC Melk a couple of weeks ago so the January transfer window should be my window.
"I have my own career management company now and I want to try and help young players on the field and off the field."

Paul Scharner on his former team mate Pascal Chimbonda

"Pascal looks quite fit to be honest because he played the charity game last time and if you still love playing football then you should do it.

"I have played at Ashton Town with him in the charity matches, it's great to see him back in Wigan."

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