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19 March 2014

Get to know Wigan Athletic's latest signing with our quick 10 facts.

Introducing Jack Collison, Wigan Athletic's latest loan signing, get to know him a little bit better with our 10 facts below.

1. Born October 2 1988 in Watford, Jack shares his birthday with former Latics full back and penalty taking expert Carl Bradshaw (1968).

2. Collison came through the Academy system at West Ham United, having previously been at Peterborough United and latterly Cambridge United.  Jack made his first team debut on January 1 2008 as a substitute against Arsenal.

3. He scored his first professional goal on November 8 2008 against Everton at Upton Park, a superb 18-yard strike.

4. Later in the 2008/09 season, Collison made his first appearance at the DW Stadium (then JJB), but he suffered a bizarre and nasty injury during the game, dislocating his knee cap as he tried to keep the ball in playing with his chest on the near touchline. Jack recovered an went on to play four times at the end of the campaign, taking his total appearances up to 25.

5. Collison is eligible to play for Wales through his grandfather, and begin his international career in the Under 21 side, making his debut in November 2007 and scoring in a 4-0 victory over Bosnia & Herzegovina. He went on to make seven appearances for the Under 21s, scoring once more against Bosnia & Herzegovina.

6. He made his senior Wales debut in May 2008 in a friendly against Iceland. Collison has made 17 appearances for his national side, with the latest coming earlier this month also in a friendly against Iceland.

7. Collison's Welsh roots run deep into sport, and he is related to former Welsh rugby union international John Gwilliam, who played 23 times for his country.

8. In May 2011, Collison made his second appearance at the DW Stadium in Latics' dramatic 3-2 victory over West Ham which saw the London club relegated to the Championship.

9. A year later and the pain of relegation disappeared, with Collison playing a major role in West Ham promotion back to the Premier League. His performances at the end of the season saw him help seal a vital 2-1 victory away at Leicester City, as well as scoring both goals in West Ham's 2-0 play-off semi-final first leg against Cardiff City.  Jack also played a commanding role in midfield during the 2-1 victory over Blackpool in the final at Wembley Stadium.

10. Collison has acquired more Championship experience this season, playing four times during a loan spell with AFC Bournemouth in Ocotber.

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