Jack Whatmough described Preston North End as a “perfect fit” after signing a three-year deal at Deepdale.
The central defender, who left Wigan Athletic in July, became North End’s sixth new addition of the window on Wednesday.
Having featured 37 times for the Latics in the Championship last season, the 26-year-old is happy to have the opportunity to play in the second tier once again during the 2023/24 campaign.
Jack said: “That’s what every footballer wants to do. No matter what level you’re at you want to test yourself and prove to people that you’re worthy of being at that level, and that’s what I want to do.
“I want to prove that I’m worthy to play Championship football. I think this club’s the perfect fit for me and one that I’m really excited for.
“I’m over the moon. From the first moment I knew there was interest it was something that I wanted to get done as soon as possible. I’m really happy that it’s done.”
The Portsmouth Academy graduate played a key role for Wigan Athletic during the 2021/22 campaign, being named as the club’s Player of the Year as they finished the season as League One champions.
New North End striker Will Keane was also essential to their success that term, too, so PNE’s No.7 is someone Jack knows well.
He said: “Speaking with Will, it’s a good group and it’s a group that’s easy to get on with, so I can’t wait to meet them and get to know them all.
“It’ll be a challenge but I’ve been in football long enough to be able to make some friends and now I’m looking forward to it.
“Like Will said, they’re a really good group and I can’t wait to meet them and go on a journey together with them.”
North End’s newest recruit will go straight into contention to feature in the Sky Bet Championship opener against Bristol City on Saturday afternoon.
The defender gave an insight into what the supporters can expect to see from him this weekend – if he is to feature – and over the next three years.
“Ball-playing,” he said. “I’m a player who’s going to wear his heart on his sleeve and give everything for the badge, and that’s exactly what I’ll do. Hopefully somebody they can be proud of.
“Obviously I played here last year with Wigan and it was a great atmosphere. They’re really good supporters that are going to get behind you so I’m looking forward to wearing the shirt and playing in front of them.”