Weir: Taste of senior action can help me

Midfielder says his time in the Wigan squad can give him platform at Albion.

By Alex Stedman • 01 August 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion midfielder Jensen Weir.

Jensen Weir says his experience in Wigan Athletic’s first-team squad last season can help his development at Albion.

The midfielder, 18, became the club’s youngest ever player nearly three years ago, and has talked about his journey from academy to first-team football with Wigan. 

“I was with the under-16s and under-18s but last year was my first season in the senior set-up,” he said. 

“This time 12 months ago I’d just come back from the pre-season tour. 

“I trained for a while and a few on went from there. 

“It was an extended season obviously and to be around that environment has been great for me. 

“Now it’s a new club and a new start – I want to keep improving in every aspect.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Jensen Weir in the studio at the training ground.

Life in England’s second tier was something Weir believes has taught him a lot. 

“That jump from youth level to a first team environment is really noticeable, people’s livelihoods are on the line and every point really matters,” he added. 

“In academy football you can sometimes get away with a bad game, but in the first team means you need to perform to stay in the side. I felt like Brighton was the right place for me to do that. 

“I’m a central midfielder who likes to get forward, I’d probably say I’m a box-to-box type of player. 

“I can score but I want to get my goals in my game more. I feel like I have a good balance of everything.”