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30 January 2015

Northern Ireland international striker Billy Mckay seals switch to Latics.

  • Northern Ireland international striker Billy Mckay joins Latics from Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
  • Mackay on Mckay: “Billy lives to score goals.”
  • Billy Mckay becomes Malky Mackay’s second permanent signing at Wigan Athletic.
Wigan Athletic can confirm that Northern Ireland international striker Billy Mckay has been transferred to the club from Scottish Premiership side Inverness Caledonian Thistle for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old striker travelled to Wigan to undergo a medical and put pen to paper on a long term deal at the DW Stadium and will be eligible for selection against Ipswich Town, subject to international clearance.  Mckay will take up the number 10 shirt.

Manager Malky Mackay said he was delighted to get the deal over the line.

“We’ve been looking at Billy for some time,” he said, “he lives to score and his record over the past two seasons speaks for itself, where’s he’s scored a lot of goals and been deadly for Inverness.

“He can’t wait to begin the next part of his career and we are delighted to bring him on board, we feel he has the potential to make a great impact at Wigan Athletic, he’s a player who comes alive in the box, a sniffer around the opposition goal and certainly a type of player we feel can do well with us.”

Although Mckay plays in Scotland and represents Northern Ireland, he was born in Corby and came through the ranks at Leicester City, eventually signing for Northampton Town under current Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray, in 2009.

After two years at Sixfields, Mckay moved to Inverness Caledonian for whom he has now scored an impressive 54 league goals from a 121 games, including five in his last five Scottish Premiership games, which has pushed Thistle to 3rd in the table.

He earned his full first full international cap from Northern Ireland in a 0-0 draw against Malta in February 2013 and has so far earned eight caps.

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