Macclesfield Town welcomed goalkeeper Owen Evans to the Moss Rose on a season-long loan from Wigan Athletic last week and shortly after, we sat down with the talented new addition and asked for his thoughts on the move and how it materialised.
“Obviously I’m very happy to be here. When I found out Macclesfield were interested I jumped at the chance and I was asking everyone to push it forward and get it done, so I’m really happy to be here now.
“Macclesfield played a friendly at Wigan two weeks ago now. I spoke to the gaffer briefly, and I spoke to a few of the staff members briefly and they said they were looking for a ‘keeper and I told Wigan I was interested.”
The spirit and fight shown in the survival battle last season was certainly part of what attracted the 22-year old to the club, as he explained.
“The way you stayed up last year and the way you played last year, when people were writing you off. I thought it’s a good club and the attraction of league football made me push for it even more.”
With The Silkmen delighted to fill the elusive goalkeeper position with such a hot prospect, we asked Owen what we can expect from his performances between the sticks.
“Hopefully not too bad! I think I’m one of the ‘keepers who is quite comfortable with their feet - that’s one of the strongest parts to my game. But all-round I’m looking forward to saving some shots and kicking some balls.”
Owen went on to fill us in on his career to date, which includes involvement with the Welsh international set up at various levels, including the senior squad.
“I signed as a second-year scholar at Wigan, coming from Hereford when they were in the Conference after the financial troubles there. I’ve been with Wigan ever since. I’ve had a couple of 2/3 month loans in the Conference, which I’ve really enjoyed, and one in the Welsh Premier as well.
“I’ve been involved with the Welsh set up as well, which has been really good for me being a Welshman! When I had the email saying I’d been invited to the senior training camp I was over the moon. It was a great experience to be involved in and hopefully I get to progress further and get involved again. Playing for your country is always an honour.”
The Welshman is keen to develop as a player with Macc, and in a short time he has already found the atmosphere among the squad to be one of optimism for the season ahead.
“On a personal level I want to play as many games as I can, I want to win as many games as I can and obviously help the team as much as possible. I think that will naturally help me develop as a ‘keeper, a player and also a person.
“I’ve only been here a couple of days and the vibe around the place has been really positive. The boys have been really welcoming, they’ve been working hard in training. I think everyone’s looking forward to the start of the season and seeing what we can do.”