Chris McCann joins former Burnley boss Coyle at Wigan

LATIC: Chris McCann
LATIC: Chris McCann
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Midfielder Chris McCann admitted that a reunion with former Clarets boss Owen Coyle was a big factor behind his move to Wigan Athletic.

The FA Cup holders confirmed the capture of the 25-year-old Dubliner on Wednesday though his move will be officially completed on Monday when his contract expires with the Clarets.

After signing a three-year deal at the DW Stadium, McCann said: “It’s a massive club, and as soon as the call came I was desperate to get over here and get things signed.

“I’m fully committed and hopefully I’ll get to show what I’m capable of very soon. The people I’ve met today around the place you get the impression that this is a friendly club, so I’m delighted to be and looking forward to the challenge.

“Owen (Coyle) was a big factor in the decision of course. Having worked with the Gaffer at Burnley, and experiencing what he did with us there, I know he’s a manager who’ll spread confidence throughout the place and he’s certainly someone I’m looking forward to working with once again.

“It was a difficult decision to come away from Burnley, but when you’ve been with a club for so long sometimes you feel as though you need a change. This is a new challenge for me, and one I’m looking forward to, playing on domestic and foreign fronts during the season.

““We’ll need a big squad and the Gaffer has already mentioned bringing in quite a few new faces to add to the quality that is already at the club.

“So it’s going to be a big season for us and hopefully we can succeed in all the competitions we take part in, but the main aim is promotion back to the Premier League.”

McCann added: “I’ll go out each week and give nothing less than 100% on the pitch first and foremost, I can promise that.

“I like getting forward, supporting the attack and getting my name on the scoresheet.

“In the last couple of seasons I haven’t been able to do that quite as much as I would have liked, so hopefully this season I can push on and improve that.

“You look back at the achievements of the club last season, when the world was talking about Wigan Athletic winning the FA Cup, and you realise it’s a massive club, and one that I’m privileged to be a player for.”

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