Korey Smith on his move to Boundary ParkKorey Smith says it was his loan spell with Latics which was the driving force behind a permanent move to Boundary Park.
The 22-year-old midfield man enjoyed his time with Latics so much that he wanted to return after being recently released by Norwich City.
Smith, who has signed a two-year contract from July 1st, explained: "I had quite a few clubs interested in me and I was offered more money elsewhere.
"At the end of the day I have returned because I enjoyed living here and also enjoyed my football.
"I enjoyed my time here and the lads, manager and everybody around the club were quality.
"The manager was, like me, a small midfield player and he has helped me and given me advice to improve my game.
"As he played in my position, he gives me freedom to express myself."
Smith added that Latics' manager had been in regular contact during the summer expressing a desire to sign him permanently.
And he believes it is the right move.
"I decided this was the best place to come. Hopefully I will play regularly and my career can kick on," he said.
Having been at Norwich since the age of 15, Smith says it was strange leaving after seven years.
On the other hand, however, he is excited by the latest chapter of his career.
He explained: "It is the start of a new adventure and I am looking forward to the challenge.
"I had been at Norwich for a long time and it will be exciting to play somewhere else."
Smith believes League One has the makings of being a tremendously competitive division.
He said: "I looked at the fixtures and there are some big names in the division.
"We have to make sure we don't play against names, but play our own game and hopefully give a decent account of ourselves.
"It looks as though we will again have a very young team which has pros and cons.
"Hopefully our young lads will be hungry to succeed and we can use their energy in a positive way."