Chris Iwelumo signs in at Boundary Park and promises to give Oldham Athletic experience

By Matthew Lees

New Oldham Athletic frontman Chris Iwelumo has promised to help young players develop after signing at Boundary Park before the deadline.

Watford striker Iwelumo and Reading youngster Jordan Obita both arrive at Boundary Park for loan spells a day after Paul Murray’s arrival.

Iwelumo, 34, has signed until the end of the season and is hoping to help build on Latics’ performance against Liverpool in the FA Cup.

“I am experienced and hopefully I can use that in a positive way as it is a young squad here,” said the four-time Scotland international.

“The players showed recently they have the team spirit, endeavour, work rate and the right philosophy about how to play.

“The gaffer (Paul Dickov) is a great character and leader. I am excited and looking to build on what is already here.”

Iwelumo, along with fellow new signing Murray will help provide experience with more than 500 career appearances and 117 goals.

His former clubs include Notts County, Colchester United, Stoke City, Charlton Athletic and Burnley and was a regular at Vicarage Road – captaining the side in August – until the signature of Alexandre Geijo.

With the Hornets manager Gianfranco Zola limiting Iwelumo’s first team chances, the Scot was eager to play some football.

“There are a lot of professionals at Watford and it was difficult for a lot of players. I think are 19 international loans and only two or three of last season’s side are now playing regularly,” added the 6ft 3in striker.

“There are about 10 or 11 of us who have been frozen out so it is good to get out and play some football. That’s my job and what I want to do.

“It is no point training every day for nothing to show for it.”

While Iwelumo will offer experience, Reading teenager Obita will provide pace in the absence of injured winger Cristian Montano.

With injuries to Youssouf M’Changama, Montano and Robbie Simpson plus Dean Furman on international duty in South Africa, the midfielder will provide cover during an emergency one-month loan.

Obita, an England under-18 and under-19 international, has made one appearance for the Royals in the Carling Cup.

Neither player is cup-tied so are able to feature in the televised FA Cup tie against Everton on February 16.

Southampton striker Lee Barnard has also joined on-loan until the end of the season after a four month loan spell at League One rivals Bournemouth.

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