Tunnicliffe has lofty ambitions

Ryan Tunnicliffe joins Wigan Athletic
Ryan Tunnicliffe joins Wigan Athletic

RYAN Tunnicliffe set his sights on helping Wigan Athletic into the Premier League after joining on loan for the rest of the campaign.

The 21-year-old midfielder only signed for Fulham from Manchester United last month.

But after Felix Magath replaced Rene Meulensteen in the Craven Cottage hotseat, he was made available for loan.

And Tunnicliffe, who hails from Heywood, didn’t need much persuasion to join the Latics’ promotion push.

“I’m delighted to be here, being a north-west lad it’s a great move for me,” he said.

“I can’t wait to get involved in the promotion push and help in any way I can.

“I’m obviously coming into a side that is in great form.

“If they can win their game in hand they can get into the play-offs.

“The general feeling around the club is they need to push into the play-offs, and hopefully I can help them do that.”

Tunnicliffe spent the first half of this season on loan at Ipswich, and Mick McCarthy was very keen on taking him back to Portman Road.

But after speaking to Uwe Rosler earlier in the week, Tunnicliffe says his mind was made up.

“We had a good chat on Monday and I went away from the meeting very impressed with his thoughts on football and on me as a person,” Tunnicliffe said.

“He seemed like he knew what he was on about and he would be nice and fair with me.”

Tunnicliffe, who represented England at U16 and U17 level, will also need little introduction to the DW, having already played there this season!

“I played at the DW for Ipswich in the first half of the season, and I thought we were unlucky to be defeated 2-0,” he added.

“But it was a great experience to play here and that should stand me in good stead.

“Nick Powell scored that day. It was a bit of a scruffy goal but that’s what he is – a goalscorer.

“I’ve played with Nick a few times, and we get on very well. I’m hoping to come here and compliment his game, and I’m sure he will mine.”

Football League regulations permit clubs to name up to five loan players in their matchday squads.

Tunnicliffe becomes Wigan’s fifth loan signing, along with Powell, Nicky Maynard, Josh McEachran and Martyn Waghorn. Tyias Browning has returned to Everton.