Tom James has opened up on his short-term loan deal that takes him from Hibs to Wigan Athletic.

The right-back hasn’t had a chance at Easter Road, the form of the backline meaning he has been unable to break into Jack Ross’ plans. They have moved to get him games down south, the Welshman switching to Wigan until January.

James goes to a club fighting administration at present ahead of their upcoming campaign in League One, although signings like James should at least mean Wigan have a competitive squad to start the season with.

A right-back, James joined Hibs last season, brought in by Paul Heckingbottom after good form at Yeovil Town. The Cardiff City youth product has so far made 12 appearances for the Hibees and has 18 months left to run on his SPFL deal.

Speaking about his move to the Latics, James says he is eager to get back on the pitch after missing out on a few months of action.

Tom James has swapped Hibs for Wigan. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I’m delighted to be here,” he said (Latics TV). “I got a phone call late on the other night to tell me that I was wanted on loan until January. I didn’t have to think about it much, it was a straight yes.

“I drove down last night (Wednesday), met all the boys, the coaching staff and the manager and trained today, it all seems really good. I’m looking forward to playing. I haven’t play a whole lot over the past few months, but I’m ready to get going. I want to impress and see how things go.

“With what’s happened this year, not many players have had the chance to play, so everyone has been biting to get back playing. I’m in the same boat as everyone else, I just want to get back out there.

“I’m feeling good, the boys looked sharp. Hopefully I can fit in well and get involved with the squad.”

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