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21 August 2014

Goalkeeper Owen Evans and midfielder Adrian Purzycki recognised by their countries for September international activity.

Wigan Athletic can confirm that goalkeeper Owen Evans has been called up for the Wales Under 19 squad to face Montenegro in an international friendly in September, with midfielder Adrian Purzycki also being called up to a training camp with Poland’s Under 18s.

Evans, who joined the club this summer arriving from Hereford, has kept two clean sheets in his two appearances for Latics’ Under 18s so far this season.

The 17-year-old will travel with the Wales Under 19 squad to Montenegro for friendlies on 2 September and 4 September in Topolica and Petrovac.

Polish-born midfielder Purzycki joined Latics last season, quickly progressing from the Under 18s to receive his Development Squad debut in a 2-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town last October.

Purzycki will meet up for the training camp at the beginning of September.

Academy Manager Gregor Rioch said he was delighted at the progress being made amongst Latics’ young players, with the two call-ups a big sign of development.

Rioch said:

“The mandate when I came in last year was to help the club bring young players through to the first team, as well as producing youth internationals to build the profile of the academy.

“It’s been a while since we’ve had a youth international at the club, but we actually brought in Kelland Absalom who is already a Welsh Under 17, so we were delighted to bring him in during the close season as an apprentice and now Owen and Adrian are achieving the same results.

“Owen has been called up for international friendlies and Adrian will take part in a training camp with Poland, so we’re over the moon for the lads and their efforts show the standards of improvements we are making.

“Going forwards, our other players can look at these three players as examples of where they want to be.”

Rioch continued:

“We’ve also got Under 13s who have been involved in Welsh training camps and two Under 15s who have been involved with Scottish training camps.

“Those players are preparing in the future for the Victory Shield, to try and get into those squads for what is a very prestigious competition.

“The Academy’s profile is growing and we’re progressing immensely, the parents and players have been brilliant and I’m hoping that these will be the first of many call-ups in the future.”

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