McArthur in awe after Wigan move

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James McArthur needed little persuasion to sign for a "massive" club like Wigan.

The 22-year-old midfielder completed his long-anticipated transfer to the DW Stadium from Scottish Premier League side Hamilton by signing a four-year contract on Friday. The move reunites the Scotland Under-21 international with former Accies team-mate James McCarthy and fulfils his ambition to play in the Barclays Premier League.

Speaking as he was unveiled alongside fellow new signing Antolin Alcaraz at a press conference, McArthur said: "This is the Premier League, it is the biggest thing in the world and I want to play at the highest level."

He continued: "Wigan as a club just sells itself, they are a massive, massive, massive club and the Premier League is the best league in the world.

"There are so many different styles of play and the best players in the world are here."

Wigan are believed to have paid around £500,000 for the player, although the fee has not officially been disclosed.

McArthur now wants to follow the example of McCarthy, who made a positive impression after breaking into Roberto Martinez's team in the second half of last season.

He added: "I know it is going to be a tough test but he loves it here.

"He thinks it's a great club and he's had his opportunity and done well. Hopefully I can do the same.

"He says the standard is a lot better and I'll need to work a lot harder. But I am prepared to - I want to make that next step."

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