Webster raring to go
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wigan defender Andy Webster is delighted to be finally getting back playing football.
Wigan Athletic defender Andy Webster is delighted to be finally getting back playing football.
The Scottish international had his switch to The JJB Stadium approved by Fifa on Monday after a month of uncertainty.
Webster freed himself from his contract with Hearts at the end of last season by using a loophole in European employment law.
The 24-year-old became the first player to use the law to end his contract with The Jambos early and was then free to join a club outside Scotland.
Wigan made a move for Webster and after getting the green light to make his debut, the stopper is now looking to force his way into Paul Jewell's side as quickly as possible.
"I want to focus on my football now, get fit and start fighting to get into the team," Webster told the club's official website.
"That's all that is on my mind at the moment."
Webster could make his Latics debut as soon as Saturday's trip to Portsmouth but Jewell insists he will have to prove his fitness first.
Having not had any pre-season action, Webster is playing catch up but Jewell is looking forward to having him match-fit.
The Wigan boss added: "It's fantastic to have Andrew on board at last as a full member of my squad.
"He looks very assured in training, calm on the ball, with a good touch and very powerful in the air.
"However, it is natural that after missing out on a full pre-season that he needs to play catch up a little, fitness wise.
"At 24, his best years are ahead of him and I am really delighted to have him on board because he is a quality addition to the squad and will hopefully play a major part in the future of this club."