Second time lucky for Wigan Athletic signing

Wigan Athletic new-boy Tom James is aiming to make it second time lucky at the DW Stadium after joining on loan from Hibernian.
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Tom James

The 24-year-old former Wales Under-19 defender came close to signing for Wigan earlier in his career during his Yeovil days.

But he’s ready to make up for lost time after becoming John Sheridan’s first signing as Latics manager.

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“I got a phonecall the other night saying the deal was on, and there was no thinking about it, it was a straight ‘yes’,” the right-back said.

“I came down on Wednesday, met the boys and trained yesterday, and it all seems really good.

“For me, I just want to get out there and play some games.

“I’ve not played a lot of football in the last few months, and I’m desperate to get going again.

“If you ask any footballer, all they want to do is get out there and play games, and I’m in the same boat.

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“Hopefully I can fit in here and get involved as much as possible.

“I came close to coming here 18-24 months ago, but it didn’t happen, and that’s the way it goes sometimes.

“But I’m delighted to be here now and showing what I can do.”

James also admitted Sheridan’s presence had been a factor in him signing.

“The manager’s really happy to have me here,” he added.

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“He’s seen me play in the past against his old teams, and he just wants me to go out there and play my style of football.

“I like to get forward and try and support the attack as much as possible, with goals and assists.

“But at the same time, I know that defending is the priority, and that’s first and foremost my job.”

James progressed through Cardiff City’s academy and made his Premier League debut in May 2014 against Chelsea, alongside former Latics David Marshall, Don Cowie and Kevin McNaughton.

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In January 2017, James made a permanent transfer to Yeovil and proved to be a success for the Glovers.

He featured on 96 occasions for the Huish Park club and scored eight goals before joining Hibs last summer.

James will wear No.27 for Latics, and is in contention to make his debut this weekend against Gillingham.