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26 June 2013

Midfielder to become Owen Coyle’s first signing on July 1

Wigan Athletic are delighted to announce they have won the race to sign in demand former Burnley midfielder Chris McCann on a free transfer.

The 25-year-old will officially become a Wigan Athletic player on July 1 after his contract with the Clarets expires, and with a number of clubs from the Premier League and Championship interested in his signature, he was keenest to join back up with his former manager.

After undergoing a medical at the DW Stadium today, he has put pen to paper on a three year contract.

McCann will become Owen Coyle’s first signing as Wigan Athletic Manager, and after working with the Irish attacking midfielder at Burnley, he knows all too well the qualities he possesses, explaining:

“I’m delighted to bring a player of Chris’ ability to the club, and he’ll bring real strength to the group ahead of a demanding season.

“He’s a powerful, attacking midfielder who scores goals, plays from box-to-box and isn’t scared to put his foot in when it comes to winning the ball back.

“I had the pleasure of working with him at Burnley, and on a number of occasions we turned down some big-money bids for him, such was his importance to the team and the integral role he played in helping the club win promotion to the Premier League at a young age.

“He’s still young in football-terms, has plenty to offer and I hope to see him playing a big role at Wigan Athletic.”

McCann made 238 league appearances for Burnley between 2005 and 2013 and scored 27 times, following his arrival from Home Farm.

His final appearance for the Clarets came in May in a 2-0 home win against Ipswich Town.

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