Latics sign another midfielder

Last updated : 02 November 2006 By Dave Moore
Athletic have taken Tomasz Cywka on loan from Wigan Athletic. The initial deal is for a month. Midfielder Cywka is only 18 years old but has already picked up an amazing 80 caps at under 18 and under 19 level for Poland. He is also the youngest player ever to appear at the under 21 level for his country. Cywka recently signed a three year contract at Wigan and Paul Jewell said of him, "I think he has all the attributes to become a very good player; great touch, vision and pace."

Bayern Munich were showing interest in the player and Cywka said, "Bayern got in touch with me a few days before I signed with Wigan. I had decided many days before that I wanted to join Wigan. I liked the atmosphere at the club, the lads, the coaches and the manager, so I moved there. I come from a little town near Krakow in the south of Poland, and played in one of the country's best academies. I really enjoyed it. I've also played at quite a few levels internationally, which was very exciting. We played some top sides, including Portugal and Spain, which was very good experience. I know Oldham are seventh in the league, and a good team which should be higher. After the first training session, I really like the style of play, so I'm sure everything will work out okay."

Cywka made his debut in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat by Chesterfield and played the whole match. Latics boss John Sheridan said after the game, "He found it difficult initially, which is obviously going to happen when you're only eighteen, but he showed some nice touches. Although the first half wastough for him, I thought he came into the game in the second. Tomasz only trained with us for the first time yesterday, so I think he's still getting used to the names etcetera. Obviously he's come from a Premiership club, and football here will be very different from what he's used to when playing for Poland. It's going to be difficult for him, but a good test."