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Newcastle’s Haris Vuckic goes on the attack at Wigan

Haris Vuckic
Haris Vuckic

Newcastle United’s Haris Vuckic is looking to put himself in the shop window at Wigan Athletic.

The forward has joined the League One club on a season-long loan.

Vuckic signed a one-year extension to his contract at St James’s Park before making the move to the DW Stadium, where ex-Newcastle defender Gary Caldwell is in charge.

But the 23-year-old – who spent the second half of last season on loan at Rangers – has suggested that his longer-term future lies elsewhere, with the Slovenia international having found first-team opportunities hard to come by at United in recent years.

Vuckic, set to make his debut against Chesterfield tomorrow, is looking to showcase his ability at Wigan.

“If the manager needs me, I will be ready to do my best and my maximum,” said Vuckic. “In my mind, what I want to do here is play as much football as possible.

Haris Vuckic

Haris Vuckic

“I need to prove myself to the manager, and when I get the chance on the field do my maximum for the team.

“That’s so not just Wigan, but all of the other clubs can see what I can do.”

Vuckic believes his versatility – he can play up front, as a No 10 and across the midfield – will be a strength at Wigan, who were relegated from the Championship last season.

“I’m an attacking player who likes to always look forward, always looking for that killer pass or goal if I can,” he said.

I need to prove myself to the manager, and when I get the chance on the field do my maximum for the team. That’s so not just Wigan, but all of the other clubs can see what I can do.

Haris Vuckic

“I’m prepared to play anywhere the manager would like me to – right wing, left wing, midfield, striker. It’s good for me that I can play more than one position, it makes it easier to be rotated.”

Vuckic has made just one senior appearance for his country, and he is keen to add to his solitary cap.

But for the moment, the Ljubljana-born player is just looking to establish himself in Caldwell’s starting XI.

“Firstly, I’m trying to establish myself in club football,” said Vuckic.

Gary Caldwell

Gary Caldwell

“If I can do that, then hopefully international football will follow.

“But I’m not really thinking too much about that.

“I just want to do well here, score goals, win games. Everything else should fall into place.”

Cadlwell added: “Haris is a quality addition to our forward line – a creative player with an eye for goal.”