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Former UCD and Derry City striker has rubbished talk of a move away from the DW Stadium and insists that his main goal is to cement a starting position under Roberto Martinez

Wigan Athletic striker Conor Sammon has dismissed suggestions that he is nearing a transfer to Championship side Derby County and says that is committed to the Latics.

The former Kilmarnock and Derry City player had been linked with the Rams prior to his move to Wigan, but the 25-year-old Dubliner has stressed his desire to cement a place in Roberto Martinez's first team.

“I’ve not heard anything about that,” Sammon told the Evening Post.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m just totally focused on playing for Wigan, trying to break into the team, getting more starts and putting myself in contention."

He continued: “In the short term, my goals are to get my head down, get fit as quickly as possible, and trying to kick on.

“I’m really looking forward to the season. It’s a new start, a new slate," he added. “We’ve all had a good summer where all you want to do is switch off."
 
And Sammon believes that the Latics must aim to continue the form they displayed at the end of last season, which saw them avoid relegation.

"The challenge is for the team to start the season as we finished last year, and hopefully we can knuckle down and make sure we do that,” he concluded.

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