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8 July 2019

Scotland international goalkeeper David Marshall delighted to join Latics and bring his experience into the squad.

  • Watch | David Marshall on iFollow Latics after signing for Wigan Athletic.
  • Scotland international delighted to secure his future at Latics.
  • Marshall has played more than 500 times including at clubs such as Celtic, Norwich City, Cardiff City and Hull City.

Speaking on iFollow Latics after agreeing a two-year-deal with Wigan Athletic, Scotland international goalkeeper David Marshall said it was first impressions at the Training Centre in Euxton that helped to convince him to join Paul Cook's squad ahead of the 2019-20 Sky Bet Championship season.

The 34-year-old, who has played more than 500 first team matches, said:

"I came down to the club last week to have a look around. I've played against the goalkeeper coach Nick Colgan a few times and I know of his reputation as a coach.

"It was great to meet the manager and his staff and they made me feel like this was the best place to be.

"I felt at home straight away and I know some of the lads through previous clubs and from playing for Scotland. It seems the perfect fit."

Marshall spent three seasons at Hull City before his arrival at Latics and was unsure about his future for the first time in his career, as he explained:

"It's the first time I've been a free agent in my career, so it's been a bit of a strange period and I'm delighted to have everything sorted.

"It was a longer season than normal for me because I had internationals with Scotland in early June and I've been waiting for different phone calls, so I'm delighted this has happened and I'm looking forward to getting started.

"We were a Premier League team when I signed (for Hull City) and ended up in the Championship, so it was mixed feelings for me.

"Last season went really well for me. We had a very good run during the winter and we were pushing for the play-offs, but things tailed off towards the end of the season.

"It's the form that I developed last season that I want to bring to this club.

"I'm just as hungry to play as I ever have been and playing the two games for Scotland in June certainly added to that feeling, as did getting back into the Hull team last season.

"I've got a lot of experience in this league and that's what I want to use to help the team. The margins are so fine in this league, for example, with Hull last season we won six games in a row and it propelled us right up towards the play-offs."

There will be some familiar faces in the dressing room for Marshall when he trains for the first time on Tuesday ahead of Latics' pre-season fixture at AFC Fylde, having played alongside Anthony Pilkington and Danny Fox in the past, and it'll be a similar feeling when Latics open their Sky Bet Championship campaign at home to his former club Cardiff City on Saturday 3 August.

"I know Pilks from my time at Cardiff City and Foxy from the Scotland setup. It's good when you join a club and can come straight in and settle down.

"It's funny how things come around and it will be a tough opener against Cardiff, but we'll be looking to get three points early doors just like everyone else.

"Cardiff will be a strong outfit this season. They were unlucky to get relegated from the Premier League last season, but the manager and players they've got makes them well suited to the Championship."

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