Experienced striker speaks to iFollow Latics after completing loan move from Sheffield United.
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Wigan Athletic’s latest signing Leon Clarke has told iFollow Latics that his loan move to the DW Stadium from Sheffield United is exciting.
Clarke boasts over 100 EFL goals in a career that has prospered in recent seasons and he told iFollow Latics:
"I'm really excited to be back. There are a few familiar faces still here from last time in terms of the staff and I already know some of the players which will help me to settle in well.
"Having experienced players in this division certainly helps. The manager has made two other signings who add quality experience to the squad at this level, which is my aim as well, to add further to what the gaffer is building.
"I had a great run of games last season and I was trusted to play every week. I helped the team to score goals, but the players I played with at Sheffield United helped make my life a lot easier and I have to thank them for that.
"I found it quite easy at times, it was all about picking up the right positions on the pitch and as a striker that's something I have to do here with Wigan Athletic to repay the faith shown in me by the club.
"Chatting to the manager here gave me a lot on confidence towards what the team can achieve. He wants me to lead the line, score goals and bring my team mates into play in the final third. As with everyone in the squad he wants hard workers to sign for the club and that's something I've been doing every week, so I want to show that to the fans.”
Clarke acknowledged his brief previous spell with the club in a difficult 2014-15 campaign and says proving himself has been a challenge he has faced throughout his career.
"There was a bit of uncertainty about me when I joined Sheffield United because I was an ex Sheffield Wednesday player,” he explained.
"Once the fans bought into me being there, they've been nothing but fantastic to me and I've only ever had encouragement, so I'd like to say thank you to them.
"I always feel like I've had a point to prove during my career. I had a point to prove when I went to Sheffield United and I've got a point to prove again now.
"It's down to me to try and hit the ground running straight away to prove to people that I am good enough to play at this level and score goals.”