Debut gives Shaq a thirst for more

Shaq Coulthirst
Shaq Coulthirst

NEW-boy Shaq Coulthirst is confident he’ll soon be ‘in the groove’ as he tries to help kickstart Wigan Athletic’s season.

The 21-year-old completed a loan move from Premier League giants Tottenham last Friday, just in time to make his debut in the 0-0 draw against Doncaster at the DW.

Coulthirst showed some nice touches after being introduced off the bench at the start of the second period, linking the play well as Latics went in search of a late winner.

And the Hackney-born hitman is hoping to have done enough to have earned a start for tomorrow night’s visit of Scunthorpe United.

“I felt very positive about my debut, obviously to get on the pitch and get a few touches was nice,” he told the Evening Post.

“I probably wasn’t at my best but, with the games coming thick and fast, hopefully it won’t be long before I’m in to my groove, and the same goes for the rest of the team.

“It’s good we’ve got another game so soon after Sunday.

“It gives us another chance to show what we can do and we’re hoping to take that chance.”

The loan move is the fifth of Coulthirst’s career, following previous spells at Leyton Orient, Torquay, Southend and York.

Gary Caldwell reckons the player’s desire to get out and experience first-team football is proof he possesses the right character to make the grade.

And Coulthirst admits the opportunity to spend time at the DW was something he was eager to take.

“I was happy to make my debut for such a good club with such a big history,” he revealed. “I know all about Wigan Athletic and it’s good to be here.

“We’re obviously looking to get out of this league and back into the Championship. Hopefully I can play my part and help the group to do that.

“The lads have been great with me ever since I arrived. They’re a good bunch, they work so hard and once we get going we’ll be up there.”