Chris predicts a Latics revival
Date published: 01 February 2013
CHRIS Iwelumo is massively positive in advance of his Latics debut against Walsall tomorrow - while reminding his new teammates there’s serious business to be done.
The 34-year-old striker finalised his season-end move yesterday and will go into the starting line-up as Athletic look for a tonic in npower League One.
Lesser characters wouldn’t retain such a sunny demeanour as the former Scotland international - given the way the former Watford captain has been shut out of first-team affairs over the course of the season.
He can't wait to get stuck in after being brought in by fellow Scot Paul Dickov.
"I am delighted to be here," said the 6ft 3in player. "It is good to get out and play some football. It is my job and that is what I want to do.
“It is a young squad here and the team spirit, endeavour, work-rate and philosophy are all right.
"The gaffer is a great character and a great leader as well. I am very excited about it.
"It hits home when you are training with nothing at the end of it. I have the chance here and I am excited about it."
He believes Athletic have what it takes to pull sharply away from the danger of relegation.
"Team spirit is a vital thing, but there are players here who have the quality to progress," he said.
"Little things have gone against the team recently. But it is down to me and the players to go out and do it on the pitch. Talk is cheap."
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