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Rodgers sets Latics' goals

12 July 2013

Anton looking to play regular football

New-signing Anton Rodgers is hoping his career lifts off following his move to Latics.

"I have reached the age where I need to play games - and hopefully it will happen here," explained the 20-year-old midfield man.

Rodgers continued: "The biggest thing is to have the opportunity to play games which the gaffer has said he will give me.

"There are a lot of young players here, and it is the perfect club for me."

Rodgers already feels at home having had a trial spell before signing and also playing in the friendly against Dinamo Bucharest.

He said: "I really like it here and there is a family feel about the club.

"The boys have been brilliant and from day one have been great, even though they made me sing!"

Rodgers spent his formative years at Chelsea between the ages of 13 and 18 years.

He says it was a brilliant experience explaining: "Young players get lots of opportunities at Chelsea, something the club does not always get credit for.

"I trained with the first team and alongside some of the best players in the world which was a great learning experience.

"John Terry was always great with the young players and the likes of Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba would also give you advice and tips."

Rodgers has spent the last two seasons as a professional at Brighton which he describes as a great experience, especially living on his own.

He made his one and only appearance for the Seagulls in the FA Cup coming on as a substitute against Wrexham.

And last season was a loan spell at Exeter City for whom he played two matches in League Two.

After being released by Brighton, Rodgers initially arrived on trial at Boundary Park where he has impressed manager Lee Johnson.

Rodgers, who have moved back home, has grown up in a football family as he is the son of Liverpool manager Brendan, though he says there was never any pressure to follow suit.

He said: "It has always been in my heart to play football, and my Dad never forced it on me.

"I look on it as a positive to have him involved in the game as he gives me lots of advice and we are always talking football.

"I have never found it a pressure and coped with it well and always tried to remain humble."









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