Wigan Athletic defender Emmerson Boyce will be targeting a club record when he begins the new Barclays Premier League season in August.

Boyce lies second in the all-time appearance list for the Latics in the top flight with 132, behind Paul Scharner on 145..

But, with Scharner having departed the DW Stadium last summer, Boyce has the the opportunity to usurp his former colleague.

And Boyce says overtaking the versatile Austrian - a firm favourite during his time with Wigan - would mean a great deal to him.

"This will be my sixth season at the club, and having worked under a few managers it's great that I'm still competing for a place in the team and the Gaffer has faith in me, but I know that just like every other player I have to earn my place in the team," he said.

"It would mean a lot to break that record and I believe I'm not too far away from Paul's total.


"I've been through a lot with the club, enjoy playing my part in helping the club getting to where we want to be and hopefully not only will I pass the record, but I'll be able to make many more appearances thereafter."

The 31-year-old and his teammates have recently return for pre-season and despite admitting it's no players favourite time of the season, Boyce maintains that this is when the hard work begins.

"As a player it's the most frustrating time of the year because you know you're close to beginning the season and you just want that first game to arrive," he added.

"But to get there the hard work has to be put in first and although it can be tough at times it's good to be back with the rest of the team and everyone's excited at what we have to look forward to."

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