NEW recruit Harry Maguire has admitted he ordered his agent to secure him a move to Wigan Athletic to kickstart his career.
The 21-year-old Hull City defender yesterday joined Latics on an initial month’s loan, which could be extended until the end of the season if all parties are in agreement.
Maguire has found game-time hard to come by on Humberside since his £2.5million move from Sheffield United last summer.
But he is hoping a spell at the DW Stadium will do him – and Latics – the world of good.
“I’ll be working on my match sharpness and hopefully helping the team to improve their results and get on a good run,” Maguire – who is in the squad for tonight’s game at Nottingham Forest – told the Evening Post.
“The last few months I haven’t been playing so much, so I’ve been pressurising my agent to get me out on loan.
“I’m a young lad who just wants to play football, and experience is key at this stage of my career.
“As soon as I knew Wigan were interested I told my agent to get on the phone and get the deal done.
“Having been at Sheffield United for three-and-a-half years, and playing week in week out, it’s strange to move to the Premier League and then not play as much.
“Hopefully I can pick up where I left off at Sheffield United and kick on in my career.”
Malky Mackay admitted Hull boss, and ex-Latics chief, Steve Bruce had played a key role in the deal going through.
And Maguire is grateful at being afforded the opportunity to join Wigan’s relegation fight.
“Steve Bruce was great in allowing me to go out and I’m grateful to the gaffer for bringing me here,” Maguire recognised.
“I’m sure Steve is still close to a lot of people here and he’d have been more than happy to help them out.
“Hopefully I can make a difference. That’s why the gaffer has brought me and a few other loan players in.
“We need to gel really quickly because the next month is vital in our season.
“If we can pick up some wins, it only takes two or three and all of a sudden the gap to safety has gone.”
The England Under-21 international is also relishing the chance to make his mark in a run of games that will make or break Wigan’s campaign.
“I haven’t come into a club who are sat in mid-table and not able to go up or down,”Maguire added.
“It’s going to mean a lot of pressure on every game, but that’s what you want, that’s what you thrive on.
“I’m here for a month at the minute, and it will come down to whether Hull allow me to stay further and whether I can impress here.”
Maguire describes himself as ‘a big powerful centre-half who likes to bring the ball out from the back’, and will fill the gap which will be vacated by Liam Ridgewell whose short-term loan finishes after tonight’s game.