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Latics increase firepower

14 September 2012

Dickov delight at signings

Paul Dickov is delighted at the added firepower he has added to Latics' squad.

Latics' manager has today completed the captures of Jose Baxter and Matt Derbyshire.

Former Everton starlet Baxter (20) has signed a four-month contract while Derbyshire has arrived on loan from Nottingham Forest.

Dickov said: "I am delighted with the business which we have done.

"A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes and we have managed to bring in two quality footballers who have both played at a higher level."

Latics have had Baxter on trial for the last week in an exercise aimed at allowing each to get to know the other.

Dickov said: "Jose has enjoyed it here and has fitted in well with the boys.

"There is no doubting his ability and, once he gets up to speed fitness wise, we will have a very good player.

"He has a fantastic pedigree (Baxter is Everton's youngster-ever first-team player as well as appearing for England at junior level) and when he he was loaned to Tranmere last season he was the catalyst for an upturn in their results."

Derbyshire, meanwhile, is a former team mate of Dickov at Blackburn Rovers and he describes his capture as a "real coup."

He said: "It is only two years since Matt was playing in the Champions League for Greek club Olympiakos.

"I have known Matt for a long time and I know he turned down a lot of other clubs to join us.

"He has a fantastic attitude and all he want to do is to play football."

Dickov thanks Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll and his No 2 Rob Kelly for helping make the loan possible.

He added  that the arrivals of Baxter and Derbyshire give him new attacking options.

Dickov continued: "It is no secret we are light in numbers and also in terms of experience.

"What they provide is a lot more options up front and Matt likes to play on the shoulder of opponents.

"We also have Robbie Simpson, Matt Smith and Daniel Taylor and for a club like ourselves, where money is tight, to have five strikers, is great."


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