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Baxter looks to extend stay

21 September 2012

Jose happy with Latics

New signing Jose Baxter is already looking to extend his stay at Boundary Park.

The striker, who was a free agent, last week signed a four-month contract with Latics.

Baxter (pictured on his debut against Notts County last Saturday), who has impressed in his two substitute appearances for Latics, is happy at Boundary Park.

He said: "I love it here and everybody has made me feel welcome, the players, management and staff.

"If it comes to a point, I would be open to extending my contract and I would be made up if Latics wanted me to stay.

"It is great to be playing again. While I prefer to operate in the hole behind the main striker, I don't mind where so long as I am in the team."

Baxter also believes Latics' fans have yet to see the best of him.

"I need more games to be fully match fit, but I am getting there," he said.

Baxter rejected the offer of a new two-year contract at Everton because  of his desire to play regular first-team football.

A proposed move to Crystal Palace, for whom he played five pre-season friendlies, failed to materialise leaving him out of work.

Then came the approach from Latics who offered Baxter a short-term deal following a successful week on trial.

Baxter was earlier in his career labelled the new Wayne Rooney when he became the youngest-ever player to appear for the Toffees in a first-team match, an honour previously held by Rooney and James Vaughan.

He said: "It put me under a lot of pressure to be known as the next Wayne Rooney.

"All I wanted to do was to get that out of the way and concentrate on playing football."


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