NEW boy Ian Lawlor says the chance to work with Harry Kewell was a big factor in his decision to join Oldham Athletic.

The goalkeeper had been aware of interest from the Latics, but after a conversation with new head coach Kewell the move couldn't happen quickly enough for the Irishman.

The 25-year-old has had a nomadic existence so far in his career, with loan moves to Barnet and Bury from first club Manchester City, and then a brief spell at Scunthorpe last season from current club Doncaster Rovers.

But Lawlor is optimistic of making an impact in his latest loan move after being enthused by his conversation with Kewell.

"I needed a new start from where I was before and I'm delighted the head coach has given me the opportunity to come here, challenge, work hard, improve and hopefully take this club forward," said the 6ft 4ins stopper.

Explaining how the move came about, he added: "I had a call from my agent saying there was interest from Oldham, I'd also heard the new gaffer had taken over and I was really keen to have a conversation with him.

"We'd spoken over the phone a couple of days ago and then briefly the day before signing as well and as soon as I had that conversation, his mindset, his ambitions and his worth ethic, I was really keen on coming here.

"It's a chance to work with him, improve and give my all for this club."

Despite being still relatively young for a goalkeeper, Lawlor boasts a wealth of experience, and already has international recognition and a League Two promotion under his belt with parent club Doncaster in 2017.

And he is ready to put all of his experiences - good and bad - to good use at Boundary Park.

"Some loans haven't worked out as well as I've wanted them too, but that's football you take your medicine and move on," said the Dubliner.

"But that experience has helped me to get where I am today. I know what to expect now, I've just got to keep working hard.

"I'm looking forward to getting to know the lads, meeting everyone properly and interacting with the group.

"Also, learning the way we want to play, getting into the style of football and working hard for the head coach to repay the faith he has shown in me already.

"I'm ready to give my all on the pitch. I'm fully committed to this club now and will give 110 per cent every time I play."

Lawlor, who began his career with neighbouring Manchester City, added: "It's nice to be back in and around the area I know quite well.

"I'm delighted to get here for a season, I want to fully commit, get my head down and I know this is where my heart is, this is where I want to be with no other distractions and fully focused on this club."