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McCLEAN BECOMES TENTH SUMMER SIGNING

8 August 2013

Latics beat off competition for talented Irish winger

Wigan Athletic are delighted to confirm the signing of 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international winger James McClean from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.

The paperwork on the three year deal was completed this morning after the player completed a medical at the club yesterday and McClean can now officially be confirmed as being a Wigan Athletic player.

The club have again moved quickly in the transfer market and won the race for the highly talented, and in-demand, attacking midfielder who has been coveted by a number of Championship and Premier League clubs.

McClean becomes Owen Coyle’s tenth signing of the summer transfer window, as the Wigan Athletic Manager continues to strengthen his squad, and will wear the number 11 shirt for the season.

After completing his move, McClean said:

"I'm delighted it's all been completed and I can say I'm a Wigan Athletic player. This is a fantastic club and after speaking with the Manager I can't wait to meet the rest of the team, start training and hopefully make my debut very soon with the aim of helping us get back to the Premier League."

McClean arrives at the DW Stadium two years after first signing for the Black Cats from hometown club Derry City, with whom he made 78 appearances.

Whilst at the Stadium of Light he made 59 league appearances and scored seven goals, the first of which came at Latics’ home in a 4-1 victory for Martin O’Neill’s men in January 2012, winning the club’s Young Player of the Year award at the end of that season.

At international level, McClean represented Northern Ireland at Under 21 level before going on to play for the Republic of Ireland senior team, making his debut in February 2012 against the Czech Republic at the Aviva Stadium, and earning twelve caps in total. He is in Giovanni Trapattoni’s squad to face Wales in Cardiff next week together with James McCarthy.

For club and country, he made 51 appearances in all competitions last term and scored five goals.


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