Newcastle United defender reacts after leaving club on loan

Kelland Watts has joined Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan.

The defender – who spent last season at Plymouth Argyle – impressed in Newcastle United's pre-season campaign.

"I’ve met the lads and the gaffer, and I’m really happy to be here,” said the 21-year-old. “They’ve welcomed me in well, which has been brilliant. I think what excited me when I knew Wigan were interested was the players that have come through the door, and the management team as well. I thought it was a special group here, and something I want to be a part of – winning games and keeping clean sheets.

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“Pre-season with Newcastle has been good. I’ve played a full game, and a couple of 45-minute run-outs too. Physically, I’m in good shape. and I’m ready to go.”

Kelland Watts in pre-season.Kelland Watts in pre-season.
Kelland Watts in pre-season.

Watts – who featured for United in the Premier League Asia Trophy two years ago – could make his Wigan debut in tomorrow night’s Carabao Cup tie against Hull City.

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