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Coleman: "I'm Very Excited"

18 June 2014

Latics' young goalkeeper Joel Coleman is looking forward to the new season after signing his first professional contract with the club.

The 18-year-old, who penned a two-year contract with the club today, was part of last season's youth side that successfully won the Lancashire FA Youth Cup.

After signing his first professional contract, Coleman said: "I've already been in the club for seven years so I'm excited for the next two.

"I had a very good two years during my scholarship and we won the cup last season so hopefully I will get the chance to make my debut for the first team this season.

"I want to work hard in training and get my chance. I hope to make my debut, play in a few friendlies and the cups and push Paul Rachubka for a starting spot."

With pre-season just over a week away, Coleman has received a lot of help from goalkeeping coach Anthony White.

"He's a very good goalkeeper coach and he's helped me a lot over the last six months since he's been here. Hopefully he pushes me and I get better in training every day. 

"He has got me on many strength programmes in the gym and I feel a lot better and I'm producing on the field so I'm just going to carry on," the youngster continued.

"I'm working very hard in the gym. I've got a training programme off the field so I've been sticking to that and when I get back, I'll be raring to go."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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