Barnett’s brought the home comforts for Rogne

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THOMAS Rogne has hailed central defensive colleague Leon Barnett for helping him settle into English football.

The Norwegian moved to Wigan from Celtic in the summer and, after an injury-plagued start, has looked a shrewd acquisition by Owen Coyle.

His partnership with Barnett - another summer signing, from Norwich - has got better with each passing week.

And Rogne admits he owes a debt of gratitude to his team-mate at the heart of the backline.

“I love playing with Leon,” Rogne told the Evening Post.

“He is a great player with so much experience at this level, and he’s helped me a lot since he’s been here.

“There’s obviously things we can work on, but you never reach perfection in football.

“All we can do is keep trying to do well and the understanding will hopefully get even better.”

Long-term injuries to Gary Caldwell and Ivan Ramis have meant Rogne and Ramis have been the preferred centre-back pairing for Coyle, with James Perch and Ryan Shotton also filling in when required.

But Rogne is happy with the way they have developed an understanding in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of Championship and European football.

“We were thrown into it a little bit, we didn’t really have too much time in pre-season to get to know each other,” he added.