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1 August 2013

Former Norwich defender becomes ninth summer signing

Wigan Athletic are delighted to confirm the signing of 27-year-old defender Leon Barnett from Norwich City on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

After successfully undergoing a medical at the DW Stadium, Barnett completed the switch to become Owen Coyle’s ninth signing of the summer transfer window.

Coyle said:

“As Manager, to see the desire Leon has to play for Wigan Athletic is tremendous and we’re all delighted to have enticed a player of his calibre to our club.

“He has shown his qualities in the Premier League on numerous occasions and has the experience of being successful in a division as tough as the Championship, winning promotion on three separate occasions.

“That kind of experience for someone who is still only 27 years old is fantastic, and I believe that whilst he has much maturity in his play he also has huge potential to become an even better player here at Wigan Athletic.”

Barnett joins the club after three years spent at Carrow Road, having signed for Norwich in 2010 on loan from West Bromwich Albion before making the move permanent a year later in 2011.

The centre-half made 50 league appearances for the Canaries, scoring two goals and played alongside current Latics striker Grant Holt.

Barnett began his career at Luton Town, moving to The Hawthorns in 2007 where he spent four years, which included a loan spell at Coventry City, before moving to Norwich.

The defender will wear the number 25 shirt this season.

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