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12 July 2019

Former Rangers FC and Brentford FC midfielder admits he's been looking forward to a move to Latics for longer than you might think.

  • Watch | Lewis Macleod discusses his move to Wigan Athletic.
  • Midfielder looked to join Latics on loan in the past and is delighted to finally arrive.
  • "I really like the way the gaffer and the staff go about things." - Lewis Macleod.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after agreeing a one-year-deal, midfielder Lewis Macleod discussed a number of factors to influence his decision.

The 25-year-old began:

"I'm very pleased to be here. It's been a few weeks in the making now and I was actually looking to come here on loan about 18 months ago.

"I've had it in my mind for quite a while that I'd like to join the club, so I'm glad to get it over the line and get involved with the boys straight away.

"Speaking to the gaffer and the coaching staff back then, I really liked the way they went about things and that's what made me excited to come here."

Macleod arrives at Latics having scored three goals in 18 appearances in the Sky Bet Championship last season, but admits it has been a frustrating few months.

"It was tough. I was at Brentford for nearly five years and I never took off like I'd like to have, but I enjoyed it as much as I could and I thought it was time for a little bit of a change.

"I started the season well and scored three goals, but I had a slight injury. I was back by February, but my contract was up at Brentford, so it was tough to see a reason for them to play me. The last couple of months were spent sitting on the sidelines, so I'm glad to have a fresh start now."

Macleod joined Latics' first team group earlier today ahead of his signing being finalised and admits he couldn't be happier to see a few familiar faces.

"I trained today and they're a nice group of lads, they made me feel really welcome.

"Unfortunately I know Josh Windass already," Macleod joked. "I've played with Kal Naismith at Rangers, he was a few years older than me when I was coming through the ranks.

"I spoke to both of them quite a bit and I was actually on holiday with Josh through the summer."

With his sights set on impressing for Latics in the Championship, Macleod hopes to re-ignite some of his spells of form in Brentford's side as an influence in midfield.

"I feel like my record is good when I've been playing, but it's just about getting repetitive game time now and getting the minutes in my legs. I want to benefit as much as possible from that this season.

"I like to get on the ball and make things happen. If I can keep things ticking and bring other people into play, that's what I enjoy.

"It's not far away now. I'm looking forward to the pre-season games first with a couple of interesting games against Everton and Burnley."

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