Great Dane Kvist is ‘so motivated’ for survival battle

Nottingham Forest's Robert Tesche challenges Wigan Athletic's William Kvist
Nottingham Forest's Robert Tesche challenges Wigan Athletic's William Kvist

WILLIAM Kvist has played at the highest level of club football against some of the greatest players on the planet.

But he says nothing has got his competitive juices going more than the relegation battle in which Wigan Athletic are currently embroiled.

I have played in the Champions League, the Premier League, the Bundesliga, but I’m so motivated for this task ahead of us, to keep us in the Championship

William Kvist

Latics travel to Rotherham this weekend looking to reduce the gap to Championship safety, which stands at eight points with 10 matches to go.

Saturday’s opponents Rotherham are nine points clear of Latics, who know an away win would leave the Millers nervously looking over the shoulder with work to do.

“I have played in the Champions League, the Premier League, the Bundesliga, but I’m so motivated for this task ahead of us, to keep us in the Championship,” Kvist told the Evening Post.

“I hope people on the outside can see we are trying everything we can, 100 per cent, and getting those small, small details in our favour is just a hard job. I just want to be part of that, contributing to the team, and doing my bit.”

Kvist returned to the squad at the weekend after three matches out with a hamstring problem – an injury that couldn’t have happened at a worse time having just established himself in the starting XI after a frustrating season.

“I have never really been injured in my career,” he revealed. “That was only perhaps the second time I’ve had to miss games.

“Injuries never come at a good time. They are always at a bad time. I was irritated and frustrated that it happened when it did, but these things happen in football.”

Latics will once again be boosted by a bumper away following at Rotherham, with well over 1,000 tickets having been sold by last night.

The club has received an additional allocation from the Millers, which will remain on sale all week. It will also be pay on the day on Saturday.

Norwegian defender Thomas Rogne has left Latics after having his contract cancelled by mutual consent.

The 24-year-old has been a virtually anonymous figure all season, making only one appearance – in the Capital One Cup defeat at Burton.

Signed by Owen Coyle from Celtic in the summer of 2013, Rogne made 16 appearances last term including three in the Europa League, his final league outing coming at QPR in March last year.

Rogne becomes the 14th departure from the club since the turn of the year as boss Malky Mackay continues to reshape the playing squad at the DW Stadium.