New signing Anthony Pilkington chats to iFollow Latics following his move from Cardiff City.
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After joining up with the squad this week following his move from Cardiff City, Anthony Pilkington shared his first thoughts with iFollow Latics.
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“It’s brilliant to be here,” the 30-year-old began.
“It all happened pretty quickly during the week, but I’m delighted to have the chance to come here and be part of what the manager is building.
“I’ve had an indifferent year, so I’m really grateful to be here and to be given a chance to get back to playing football and I’m hoping to bring goals to the team, it’s something I’ve done from positions behind the striker and out wide throughout my career.
“I was disappointed not to be featuring for Cardiff and I feel like I did well in the games I played for them last season, but Paul Cook and his staff have shown faith in me and I want to repay that faith.”
Pilkington, who made his professional debut for Stockport County and has featured for Huddersfield Town, Norwich City and Cardiff is already well-acquainted with a number of players in the current squad.
“When you get to my age, even though I’m only 30,” Pilkington joked, “you do come across a lot of the boys you’ve played with already. I played with Gary (Roberts) for a long time at Huddersfield and Joe Garner for a short time there. I also played with Vaughany at Norwich City.
“I know a few of the boys and I know of a lot of the squad. There’s a lot of quality in the squad and I’m looking forward to getting involved in training and integrating into the group.”
Pilkington’s Latics links go deeper than just players in the squad, with his Norwich and Cardiff debuts both coming against his new club.
He also scored against Latics in a meeting at Carrow Road during the 2012-2013 season, something he’s determined to make amends for.
“My Premier League debut was actually at the DW Stadium, so it’s funny how things come around in football. I remember that moment well when I came on as a substitute for Norwich City.
“The goal the following season was a good moment for me as well, my little mate Wes Hoolahan set me up. I saw a video of that goal a couple of months ago, the keeper got a touch to it, but I think it was just too powerful at the time. I’ve scored against Wigan, so now it’s time to make sure I return the favour and score one in Wigan colours.”
With Latics aiming to get back on track with a victory this weekend against Aston Villa, Pilkington said he knows the demands of the Championship well:
“Our recent run of results has been difficult, but that’s the Championship. A lot of teams are finding out just how tough it can be.
“I want to use my experience in this division to help the boys because I’ve had a few years in the Championship. It’s a big step up from League One, but I’ve already seen more than enough quality in the group of players, so there’s no reason we can’t turn the recent run around.
“The boys are putting in 100% every time and I’ll be doing exactly the same for them and our supporters.
“I’ve been working hard this week to be in contention for the game against Aston Villa. These are the games you want to be involved with in the Championship, they come around every week with the amount of former Premier League teams in the division.
“Training has gone well over the last few days and I’m raring to go.”