Monday 18 December 2017

Jack looks to fit in under Cook

Jack Byrne
Jack Byrne

Ireland U21 star Jack Byrne is hoping for a fresh start under new boss Paul Cook at Wigan next season.

Byrne joined Wigan from Manchester City midway through last season but the move was a disaster: Warren Joyce, the manager who signed Byrne, was sacked as the Latics were relegated to League One and Byrne made only two appearances.

Former Sligo Rovers boss Cook is now in charge of Wigan and Byrne is looking forward to the challenge of getting into the side and getting Wigan back into the Championship.

"At the time, I suppose it's natural to feel a bit worried about the situation, when managers come and go," said Byrne.

"But you're hoping as a player you can impress any manager, and not just the one that brought you in. You have to believe in yourself and believe in your own ability.

"Obviously I'm grateful to Warren for bringing me here and giving (me) this opportunity. I wish him all the best for the future, but I'm a Wigan player now, not a Warren Joyce player."

Meanwhile, Preston will this week try to complete deals to bring in Aiden McGeady and Cork City man Kevin O'Connor.

McGeady spent last season on loan to Preston, where he was a big hit with fans, and the Lancashire club are keen to make the move permanent, though McGeady's wages at Everton are a stumbling block.

Preston have already agreed terms with Cork for Seán Maguire but they are also keen to land Wexford-born defender O'Connor.

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