What a day for Wiggins

Defender Rhoys Wiggins may have missed out on Norwich City's League One title celebrations - but enjoyed his own promotion party on the same afternoon.

Defender Rhoys Wiggins may have missed out on Norwich City's League One title celebrations - but enjoyed his own promotion party on the same afternoon.

On the day the Canaries were crowned champions, the 22-year-old left-back, on loan at Bournemouth since January, helped the Cherries clinch third place in League Two with a 2-0 win at Burton Albion.

Wiggins, with just three first team appearances under his belt for City since his summer move from Crystal Palace, admitted: “It was a bit disappointing that I wasn't involved in that. The lads at Norwich have done brilliantly and I can't praise them enough, as well as the lads here. This means a little bit more to me because I have played a part in it.”

After 30 appearances in two spells at Bournemouth, Wiggins said he felt like a permanent member of the squad at Dean Court under manager Eddie Howe - the Football League's youngest boss at 32 - and assistant Jason Tindall.


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He starred during the closing stages of the Cherries' escape from relegation last season, then repeated his heroics after being brought back as one of only four emergency loan signings sanctioned during the club's transfer embargo.

He said: “The players make me feel like I'm one of them. We do a lot together as a squad and a few are from where I come from in London so that makes it a lot easier as well. Most of my appearances have come for Bournemouth so I'm glad Eddie brings me down and gives me the chance. He has been great for progressing my career so far and I can't thank him and Jason enough.”

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Despite his long absence from Carrow Road, Wiggins, capped by Wales at under-21 level, believes there are similarities between the two promoted teams.

He said: “I'm just pleased for both clubs and the work rate, both here and at Norwich, is the sign of a successful team. The lads here have always been together.

“Eddie and Jason have always programmed that into us. There has been more excitement about the place this season because it was a little anxious last season. I'm just so pleased for everyone.”

Bournemouth supporters chanted for Howe to make Wiggins a permanent signing in the summer but, halfway through a two-year contract with City, he admits he is not sure what the immediate future holds.

He told the Daily Echo: “It does mean a lot and is nice to feel appreciated. The crowd have been fantastic with me and have given me a lot of confidence.

“I honestly haven't got a clue about next season. I've spoken to my agent and he has been top drawer. We're just going to see what the summer brings.

“I would never rule it out. Bournemouth have been brilliant for me and I have enjoyed both spells here.”

Wiggins' latest loan spell runs out after the Cherries' home game against Port Vale on Saturday - so he was delighted to be part of the side that secured a place in League One. He said: “The win against Burton reminded me of the end of last season but for even better reasons. I enjoyed every minute of it, especially the end.

“The game went to plan and we knew we would probably need the three points to make sure. I don't think Eddie knew that we knew, but some of us knew that Rotherham were winning at half-time.

“That just encouraged us and spurred us on to get the three points. We knew what we had to do and knew we couldn't rely on anyone else.”

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