Latics complete signing of Jason Pearce from Leeds United.
- Jason Pearce signs for Latics from Leeds United.
- Experienced Centre-half becomes Malky Mackay’s first permanent signing.
- Mackay - “Jason’s a leader and a warrior, exactly the type of player I want at the club.”
The 27-year-old joins Latics having made 99 league appearances for Leeds, having previously played at Bournemouth and Portsmouth.
He passed a medical at the DW Stadium today and put pen to paper on a long term deal before travelling with the team ahead of tomorrow’s Sky Bet Championship match against Ipswich Town. Pearce will wear the number 28 shirt.
Latics manager Malky Mackay welcomed Pearce to the club, saying:
“I’m delighted that he has agreed to join us. He’s someone we’ve been tracking for a while, a really powerful centre half, a leader and a warrior on the pitch, who has captained every club he has played at, and is exactly the type of player I want at the club.
“He’s hungry to play and will hopefully quickly become a fan’s favourite for the example he sets on the pitch. We’ve spoken to a lot of people about him and every single reference has come back positively, in that he is the right character we are seeking, someone who takes responsibility on the pitch and energises those around him.”
“He’s built up considerable experience now and knows this league inside out and we’re delighted we’ve managed to get him. When we found out he might be available we immediately did all we could to get him because he’s a player who can play a major role in taking the club forwards.”
Pearce was born in Hillingdon in London and became an apprentice at Portsmouth before moving on to Bournemouth and making his league debut for The Cherries. He was sold back to Pompey in 2011 before moving to Leeds United in 2012, for whom he has been pretty much ever-present.