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The Manchester United youth product made 13 Premier League appearances for the Latics this season, but opportunities began to dry up allowing him to move on loan to Rovers

Wigan midfielder David Jones has admitted he was relieved to join Blackburn Rovers on loan after struggling to break into the first-team this season.

Jones, a product of Manchester United's academy, had made only 13 appearances in the Premier League this season, with the last of his eight starts coming on January 12.

With regular first-team football becoming harder to secure, Jones got the move he had hoped for, scoring on his debut in the 3-2 defeat to Peterborough.

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Jones told reporters: "The manager listened to my thoughts. In a way, he did me a favour by letting me go when he perhaps needed some cover.

"He listened to what I wanted and what was best for me. The opportunity came and I was very eager to take it so I'm happy it went through.

"It was a very surreal couple of days with the loan being pushed through quite quickly. I was delighted to get some game time and I was just disappointed with the result.

"I train really hard and prepare myself well. You want to be playing on a regular basis and, in recent weeks at Wigan, I haven't done. After having a chat with the manager, I felt it was a good decision and a good opportunity to come to such a good club."

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