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Baxter's new goals

14 September 2012

New signing on his move to Latics

New signing Jose Baxter is delighted to have joined Latics and is keen to put his nightmare behind him.

The 20-year-old striker until today had found himself himself out of work.

Baxter, who has played for England at under-16, 17 and 19's, rejected the offer of a new two-year-deal at Everton in the summer because of his desire to play regular first-team football.

Then after a move to Crystal Palace never materialised after a pre-season trial, Baxter was left without a club.

"It really hit me on the opening day of the season when I was watching football on the television and was not involved. It was hard," he explained.

The nightmare ended when Latics last week invited Baxter to train with them.

He said: "I am made up to have joined Latics and all I want to do is to kick a football again.

"I have enjoyed the last week here. It is a good, family club and there is a good, young team.

"The club has a great young manager and a good staff."

Of his decision to leave Everton, Baxter admitted it was a difficult decision having been at Everton since the age of six.

He continued: "I could have stayed at Everton and remained sat on the bench.

"My ambition is to be successful and I won't achieve that being on the bench.

"It was a tough decision, but I left because I wanted to play regular first-team football."

Baxter added it was disappointing nothing came of his pre-season trial at Crystal Palace for whom he featured in five friendlies.

"It never really happened and it knocked me back as all I wanted was to find a new club and to play football," he said.

Baxter has a place in Everton's record books as he is the youngest player to appear in their first team beating previous holders Wayne Rooney and James Vaughan.

"It is a great honour to be linked with great players like them," he said.

Baxter last season scored against Latics for Tranmere where he spent a loan period.


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