Rogne determined to fulfil potential at Wigan

The former Celtic defender believes, despite winning two titles at Parkhead, he is yet to prove his doubters wrong and has eyed an immediate Premier League return to quell them
Wigan new-boy Thomas Rogne says he must start producing the goods on the pitch if he is going to fulfil his potential.

The 23-year-old Norwegian defender joined the Latics on Monday following the expiration of his Celtic contract, having won one Scottish Cup and two Scottish Premier League titles.

But Rogne, having been tipped as a future star during his teenage years, feels he must step up in English football and is aiming for an immediate return to the Premier League for Wigan.

"I’m at an age in my career which isn’t considered young in the game," he told the club's website. "It’s time to stop talking about the potential I have and start showing it, and I guess this is the time to show it.

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"I’ve had a busy summer playing with the Under-21 side in the European Championships in Israel, where we reached the semi-finals of the competition which was a great experience. I’ve made a few appearances for the senior team in the past as well so that’s also a goal of mine in the future, but right now the only thing that matters is helping Wigan and I can’t wait to start that.

"I’ve spoken to the manager of course and he’s excited to be at the club as well. He's told me about the team and his goals for the season ahead, the main one of course being promotion to the Premier League and I want to be a part of that."

Rogne believes that his experience of winning titles at Celtic Park will stand him in good stead ahead of Wigan's tilt at the Championship crown, before highlighting the positive tactical approach installed by managers past.

"It’s an exciting chapter for me; English football is something special and being Norwegian we follow the game over here very closely, so to be a part of it makes me very happy.

"I’ve seen Wigan play quite a lot when the club was in the Premier League, and obviously the whole of Europe has been speaking about you guys after the FA Cup win in May, and I think many have been charmed by the way the club is run and how the team plays, so it’s great to be here.

"After being in Scotland for three years, playing with Celtic, I would say I’ve adapted to the British style of play pretty well. First and foremost I’m a defender and I like to defend, make clearances, stopping crosses and hold the opposition."