Kilbane explains Toffees exit
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kevin Kilbane says he moved to Wigan from Everton in search of regular football.
Kevin Kilbane has revealed the reasoning behind his deadline day move from Everton to Wigan as he prepares to return to his old club, explaining that he needed to give his career new impetus.
In a quirk of fate, Kilbane is likely to win his Latics debut against his erstwhile employers at Goodison on Saturday just two weeks after sealing a £2 million switch to Paul Jewell's side.
The Republic of Ireland international has now explained he needed to become a first team fixture after failing to fully convince David Moyes during the tail end of his time with The Toffees.
After making his choice Kilbane is convinced that the future is promising at his ambitious new club.
"I've come here to play regular football," said Kilbane.
"Last season, certainly in the last couple of months of the season, I was in and out of the team and I think this move can hopefully invigorate me, help me get more football under my belt and hopefully help my international career as well.
"When any player moves to a new club you go into it full of optimism and full of confidence and that's the way I feel.
"It feels similar here to walking into Bellefield with Everton.
"There's the same sort of camaraderie between the players and the staff at the club and it seems very good.
"I enjoyed the three years I had at Everton but I feel this is a big opportunity for me to come and hopefully establish myself with a good Premier League club over the next few years.
"Wigan have done fantastically well over the last five or six years. They've had a lot of success and hopefully now we can move on and take it forward.
"I think we have got players who can take the club forward and there is a lot of quality here."
Kilbane is hoping to start his Wigan career with three points on Merseyside after missing out on The Latics' 1-0 defeat to Portsmouth last weekend.
The midfielder was still suspended due to a red card he picked up on his last appearance for Everton, but Kilbane is now aiming to make up for lost time after acquainting himself with his new team-mates.
"It's strange the way football works out and I am looking forward to it," Kilbane added.
"I will still speak to players who play for Everton, but it's part of my history now and I'm just looking forward and onwards now with Wigan.
"It's been nice to have the two weeks' training under my belt to get to know everybody.
"But it's been a long two weeks and I am just looking forward to getting the shirt on.
"Certainly the way Wigan played last season at Goodison they outplayed us at times. We did not get going and now going there as a Wigan player we are looking to do the same job.
"I am looking forward to going there with Wigan and getting the right result."