Golobart’s stepping stone

Roman Golobart, who is on loan at Tranmere

Roman Golobart, who is on loan at Tranmere

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ROMAN Golobart is hoping his latest loan spell at Tranmere will ready him for a long and successful career at Wigan Athletic.

The young Spaniard was the only departure from the DW on transfer deadline day, joining Rovers on a month’s loan.

He has already shown his quality by forcing his way into the first team at the high-flying Merseyside outfit.

And Golobart, 20, is well aware that news of his exploits will not be going unnoticed by Roberto Martinez back at Wigan.

“I definitely feel I have a point to prove as far as Wigan are concerned,” he said.

“I am aware that there are a lot of very good centre-backs ahead of me in the pecking order.

“But I also feel I have a lot of qualities of my own I can bring to the table.

“Wigan Athletic is such a special club – we are one of the only clubs in the Premier League who tries to play the ball from all areas of the field.

“And that’s why I want to make sure my future is there.”

Golobart has already enjoyed a hugely successful loan at SPL side Inverness, where he was voted Player of the Year last term.

And he hopes his time with Tranmere is just as rewarding – both on and off the field – as his time in the Highlands.

“I got a lot of things out of my time in Scotland – but on a personal level and a professional level,” he added.

“Everything was different – the weather, the place, the football. Everything.

“That style of football, in bad weather and on awful pitches, was hard, but I like to think I proved myself up there.

“It’s a massive difference to what I was brought up with in Spain, but I feel it’s very important and intelligent to learn to play in more than one style of play. It gives you more knowledge of the game as a whole, and of course there will be some games in the Premier League that are more similar to the SPL than La Liga.

“It’s good to have that in my background so I will be able to cope if and when I am called upon by Wigan.

“And when the gaffer spoke to me about going to Tranmere, I said ‘yes’ straight away.

“Tranmere needed a player and I need to play.

“The more games I play the better.”