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JENSEN WEIR | "I'VE BEEN HERE SINCE I WAS EIGHT-YEARS-OLD, SO THIS IS A VERY BIG MOMENT FOR ME."

8 July 2019

England U17 international Jensen Weir discusses his first professional contract at Wigan Athletic.

  • Watch | Jensen Weir on iFollow Latics talking about his two-year professional contract.
  • The England U17 midfielder was part of Latics' treble-winning Under 18 team in 2018-19.
  • Weir is Latics' youngest ever first team player (November 2017) and made his Championship debut in April 2019.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after signing his first professional Wigan Athletic contract, England Under 17 international midfielder, Jensen Weir, said it's a huge moment for his career at a club he knows near-enough everything about:

"I'm really proud. It's a big moment and I've been waiting for what seems like a long time, but it's finally here now and I'm ready to kick on and keep going.

"I've been here since I was eight-years-old, so I know everything about the club.

"All of the coaches, from under 8s to under 18s have been great with me and I'm really grateful for how they've helped me to develop.
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Weir has progressed through Latics' Academy teams and made his Championship debut in the penultimate game of the 2018-19 season away at Birmingham City in April 2019, but it was in November 2017 that we first got a glimpse of the midfielder. Aged just 15 years and 280 days, Weir made his senior debut in the Checkatrade Trophy at the DW Stadium, a moment he couldn't quite believe when it first happened.

"It's quite weird really and at the time I didn't think anything of it, but when I got in the car and my brother was showing me that it was all over Twitter. It's a really proud moment for me to look back on."

On his league debut, Weir continued:

"I really enjoyed it, it was a massive crowd on the day. When we arrived the nerves really kicked in, but as soon as I got on the pitch the nerves dropped away. You forget everyone's watching and just play your game. I'm looking forward to having more opportunities like that."

Jensen's season was extended when, alongside U18 team mate Joe Gelhardt, he represented England's Under 17s at the UEFA U17 European Championships, another great experience:

"It was the first major tournament I've been involved in. The outcome wasn't what we wanted it to be, but I started every game, so it was a really good experience for me.

"I had a lot of good times last season. We won the league and two cups with the Under 18s and internationally we qualified for the Euros."

Weir joined up with the first team on his return from the early summer break, a daunting experience, not on the training pitch, but on the 'stage':

"It was really good to get more involved with the first team and to get experience training at a higher tempo. It's everything that comes with being away with them, even the singing in front of all of the boys. I did Stand By Me, I was very nervous, but glad to get it out of the way.

"I've worked hard in the off-season to remain fit and get stronger ready for this season. I'm ready to show to the manager and the fans that I can be called upon whenever I'm needed."


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