Delort: Delay changed me

New boy Andy Delort from Tours
New boy Andy Delort from Tours

ANDY Delort admits the delays and complexities of his protracted transfer to Wigan Athletic have made him even more determined to be a success at his new club.

The 22-year-old was one of four deadline-day signings at the DW, along with Adam Forshaw, William Kvist and the permanent capture of loan star Emyr Huws.

Delort was made to wait for his ‘dream move’ to England with his French club, Tours, not sanctioning the deal until the final day of the window. After parading their new signing before last weekend’s win over Birmingham, it was an anxious 48 hours until Latics could officially announce his capture.

Delort himself was never worried the deal would fall through though.

And he insists the whole episode has only made him hungrier to hit the ground running when he starts in English football.

“It was a very difficult period for me, one that’s probably changed me a little bit as a person,” he told the Evening Post.

“I was being presented with this amazing opportunity that kept being taken away from me. I feel I’ve matured more as a person, and realised that when opportunities are presented you have to take them.

“Now I’m here I want to repay the faith. This is the start of an adventure, not the end.

“I am fiercely ambitious, and I want to progress with Wigan Athletic.”

Delort saw his new team-mates in action at first-hand as they dismantled Birmingham 4-0 on Saturday.

While being hugely impressed by the nature of Wigan’s performance, Delort admits he found himself visualising how he would fit into his new club.

“That’s something I do anyway – every time I watch a football match I visualise things I can do, movements I can make,” he revealed.

“And watching Saturday’s game I was licking my lips at the thought of playing in this team.

“I thought Callum (McManaman) was exceptional going forward, his touch was amazing and his finishing was fantastic.

“He also provided the kind of service that I relish.

“I also thought Emmerson (Boyce) was a really dominant figure at the back, a really calming influence, while the two wing-backs were very impressive the way they bombed forward and then got back into position.”