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James McArthur Prioritises Promotion

James McArthur Prioritises Promotion

Wigan Athletic and Scotland midfield man James McArthur has reiterated what he said following the Latics relegation at the end of last season - 'My priority is to try and help Wigan back up to the Premier League'

Speaking in an interview with Brett Mitchell of the Glasgow Evening Times, McArthur spoke of his determination to prove a point and get the Latics up at the first time of asking, he also said that he was excited at the prospect of playing for new manager and fellow Scot, Owen Coyle

It appears that McArthur isn't about to start feeling sorry for himself despite the heartbreak of relegation, the hard working midfielder will be a fantastic asset to the Latics in the new campaign and his focus and drive will undoubtedly be infectious on his team mates

McArthur said in his interview - 'They talk about the highs and lows of football, but the season I have just had is one that I am still trying to take in.

'To have won the FA Cup and then to have been relegated just days later was really tough to take.

'Now I have had some time to reflect on the FA Cup win it has sunk in a bit, but it was a real shame we had to go down in the same campaign. By any standards it was a totally unforgettable season.'

'My priority is to try and help Wigan back up to the Premier League. Owen Coyle is coming in and that is exciting.

'I have always been an admirer of what he achieved with Burnley, in taking such a small club back up to the Premier League, and he was unlucky that a catalogue of injuries undermined his final season at Bolton.

'So while I will be taking stock of the season I have just had, I am already mentally starting to switch towards the coming weeks.

'The Wigan boys feel we have a point to prove and the only way to do that is to get back up to the Premier League.'

It is going to be a long, hard season but after reading what McArthur says I am really looking forward to it

The original article in the Glasgow Evening Times can be found here

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Wednesday June 26 2013
Time: 10:41AM


Well said, that determination to prove the point could be what seperates us from what is a very competitive league and gets us back up
26/06/2013 10:45:00
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