New-boy Vuckic is ready to impress

Haris Vuckic in action for Rangers
Haris Vuckic in action for Rangers

WIGAN Athletic new-boy Haris Vuckic is desperate to make an instant impression at Chesterfield this weekend.

The 23-year-old forward was one of three deadline-day signings at the DW Stadium, joining from Premier League giants Newcastle on a season-long loan.

Despite not having kicked a ball at first-team level this term, Vuckic is champing at the bit to show why Gary Caldwell was so keen to bring him in.

And with Will Grigg away on international duty this weekend with Northern Ireland, Vuckic could be set for a dramatic debut against the Spireites.

“Of course if the manager needs me I will be ready to do my best and my maximum,” Vuckic told the Evening Post. “In my mind, what I want to do here is play as much football as possible.

“I need to prove myself to the manager, and when I get the chance on the field do my maximum for the team.

“That’s so not just Wigan but all of the other clubs can see what I can do.”

Vucki certainly brings a decent goalscoring record to the table. Although he’s only made a handful of appearances for his parent club since joining in 2009, he’s continued his development during loan spells at three clubs.

After bagging once in two starts at Cardiff, his four goals in nine games at Rotherham helped the Millers – led by Craig Morgan – to promotion from League One in 2013/14.

And he plundered an impressive eight goals from just 15 starts during a productive spell last season with Scottish giants Rangers. “I love scoring goals, and I like to provide assists as well,” he acknowledged.

“I am an attacking player who likes to always look forward, always looking for that killer pass or goal if I can.

“I am prepared to play anywhere the manager would like me to – right wing, left wing, midfield, striker.

“It’s good for me that I can play more than one position, it makes it easier to be rotated.”

Vuckic, who becomes the first Slovenian to sign for Latics, also has international ambitions, and aims to add to his solitary cap won in 2012.

“Firstly I am trying to establish myself in club football,” he added.

“If I can do that, then hopefully international football will follow.

“But I’m not really thinking too much about that.

“I just want to do well here, score goals, win games. Everything else should fall into place.”