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Hungry Rodgers impresses

12 July 2013

Manager believes Anton will be hit

Lee Johnson has been been impressed by the appetite shown in training by new-signing Anton Rodgers.

Latics manager had the 20-year-old midfield man on trial before he was offered a one-year contract.

"I had a good look at Anton before we signed him and he is hungry and keen to get a foot on the football map," said Johnson.

Johnson believes Rodgers is the type of player who can easily slip under the radar.

He explained: "Anton is a player who possibly will go unnoticed to fans, but football people will appreciate what he does for the team.

"He has a very good football brain and is a neat and tidy player.

"He is  the sort of player who will get a team ticking and is a pivot as he keeps the ball, tidies up and his passes set up forward players."

Rodgers, who had been on the books of Chelsea and Brighton, has signed a one-year contract with Latics having an option to extend it for 12 months beyond that.

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