Shot in the arm for success

Ryan Shotton at Stoke City
Ryan Shotton at Stoke City

RYAN Shotton has revealed the prospect of playing European football helped persuade him to join Wigan Athletic.

Shotton will stay at the DW Stadium for six-months on a loan deal from Stoke City but despite the temporary nature of his deal he wants to help with Latics’ promotion push.

“I’m here for six months so I want to do as much as possible to help the push for promotion during that time,” he said.

He is also an admirer of manager Owen Coyle.

Shotton continued: “He’s very enthusiastic – and it was clear on the training pitch, which is what you need as a group if you’re all going to get behind the same cause.

“I’ve got experience of the Championship from earlier in my career and I know how difficult a division it is to try and get out of.”

Shotton is under no illusions as to the tough nature of the division but he also thinks the quality of the personnel at his new club are capable of success.

“It’s physical and takes a lot of hard work to reach the top,” he said.

“But seeing some of the quality we have in the squad during my first training session I’ve no doubt that if we perform at our best then we’ll get the results that will push us up the table.

“The chance to play European football was also a massive factor in the decision to come here.

“I was lucky enough to experience it with Stoke City a few years back and it’s a great competition to be involved in.”