KEEPER Scott Carson revealed Derby’s Premier League ambition persuaded him to leave the DW Stadium to join the Rams.
The former England international signed for the club on Friday for an undisclosed fee, following his two-year stint with Latics.
Carson also feels he can improve under Derby manager Paul Clement.
“This deal has happened really quickly and it’s good to get it all boxed off,” Carson said.“I’m looking forward to getting started and everyone knows Derby County is a massive club, so I was delighted when I heard that there was interest.
“Talking to Paul Clement, I believe that he can help me improve my game.”
The Rams finished eighth in last season’s Championship and will be expected to compete at the higher end of the division again next term.
I want to play at the very highest level and get back in the Premier LeagueScott Carson
And Carson hopes a successful campaign will allow him to add to his top flight experience which he earned with Leeds, Liverpool, Charlton, Aston Villa and West Brom between 2003 and
“I want to play at the very highest level and get back in the Premier League,” he said.
“Speaking to the head coach and the people at the club, they have the same desire as well. That was one of the main reasons that I wanted to get the deal done.”
Holding aspirations to be a regular between the posts at the iPro Stadium, Carson will be playing to impress bosses at the Rams enough to persuade the club to take out its option on a third season of the stopper’s two-year deal.
“As I said, I have high aims personally – I want to improve and play games. I’m not one to sit back and pick up my wages by not playing, I always want to play,” he said.