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ROB KIERNAN SIGNS NEW DEAL

20 May 2014

Rosler delighted after Republic of Ireland Under 21 defender commits future to the Club.

Wigan Athletic are delighted to announce that defender Rob Kiernan has committed his long term future to the club by agreeing a new three year deal at the DW Stadium, until the summer of 2017.

The 23 year old made his full debut at home against Burnley in December, having been recalled from his loan spell at Southend United by incoming Latics manager Uwe Rosler, who had  worked with him at Brentford during a previous loan spell.

After three further substitute appearances, the powerful defender made his full debut against his former club Watford in March, scored his first goal against leaders Leicester City in April and finished off the season having made 11 appearances, plus two in either Play-Off Semi Final – his polished displays earning rave reviews.

Rosler said he was delighted that he has decided to commit his future to the club:

“It is fantastic when a young player can progress through the ranks of a club. Rob has had to be patient and waited for his chance since arriving three years ago, working his way through the Development Squad and using the loan system to his advantage when the opportunities arose.

“He earned his chance with us and was very consistent when he came into the team. His performances were a major positive in the second half of the season. I am delighted to be able to keep working with him now, exactly the kind of player we want to bring into the squad and become part of the backbone of the team in the future.”

Kiernan said he was very happy to have sorted everything out quickly. “I’d like to say thank you to everyone involved with sorting this contract out, because all I want to do is work hard to become a regular first team player and help the club to get back into the Premier League.”

Watford-born Kiernan came through the ranks at his home town club but made just two appearances for the Hornets having been sent on loan to Kilmarnock, Yeovil, Bradford City and Wycombe Wanderers. After moving to Latics, he had further loans spells at Accrington Stanley, Burton Albion, Brentford and Southend United before breaking into the team last season.

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