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10 July 2015

Find out more about our new scholars.

Learn more about Wigan Athletic's latest batch of young players who have joined the Under 18 team this summer.

The players are looking forward to continuing their dream of becoming professional footballers and here, Youth Development Coach Will Ryder gives us the low-down on each individual:

Theo Roberts - Goalkeeper

A recent addition this season, Theo is from Wigan and he has shown really good ability to play out from the back and is comfortable with the ball at his feet. He has also shown good shot-stopping ability and is improving daily.

He's been involved in Under 18 squads already, but only as an unused substitute.

Sam Stubbs - Centre Back

Sam is developing as a solid defender who is strong in the air and in a tackle. He is comfortable when playing out from the back and building attacks from defence. Sam has shown good leadership skills to lead the U16 team this season and has been involved with the U18 squad.

He's featured twice for the Under 18s this season in substitute appearances.

Josh Beaumont - Centre Back

A recent addition to the squad having been released from Crewe’s academy. He is a ball-playing centre back who is comfortable to play out from the back and receive the ball to allow the team to dominate possession. Has shown a good tactical understanding in possession, and lots of good attributes since joining us.

Charlie Forecast - Centre Back

A solid centre back with good attributes in and out of possession. Has shown ability to defend one-v-one and defend crosses. Charlie was recently released from Nottingham Forest and performed really well during his trial period to earn himself an apprenticeship with Latics.

Jack White - Centre Back

Previously at Glentoran in Northern Ireland, defender Jack White has international academy experience and brings with him a powerful and robust style.

Matthew Taylor - Left Back

Has only been in the academy system for one year but he has been rewarded with a contract for his ability, hard work and excellent attitude. Matty has shown energy and ability to receive the ball in wide areas and support high up the pitch as well as being more than capable defensively.

Chris Merrie - Centre Midfield

Ball playing central midfield player with a cultured left foot. Chris is very combative and has already had experience in the youth team this season and has made an impact whenever he has played. He has good feet to manipulate the ball and score goals from long range.

Chris made his Under 18 debut in the 2013/14 season and has continued to feature this term, with five starts and 13 substitute appearances.

Remell Fitton - Centre Midfield

Competitive midfield player with ability to receive the ball and dictate play with passing ability. Covers lots of ground and has shown good leadership skills to organise his team mates.

Luke Burgess - Centre Midfield

Ball playing central midfield player with ability to receive the ball in tight areas and play forward passes to hurt the opposition. He’s also very competitive for his size at present.

Jamie Cotter - Centre Midfield

Jamie is from Wigan and he’s an intelligent footballer with good ability to find space and use the ball well. Has shown highly refined passing and receiving skills and has shown good ability to chip in with goals when in the final third.

Callum Lang - Forward

Strong and powerful forward player with pace and skills to upset the opposition. Has shown good ability to play in the youth team already this season and scored important goals. He is strong in the air and has shown good ability to tackle when competing.

Callum made the perfect start to the 2014/15 season with a goal scoring debut for the Under 18s, grabbing the winner in the opening game of the season, a 1-0 victory over Rochdale.

He has continued to increase his goal tally, with a total of four in 14 appearances, nine of which have been starts.

Callum scored a crucial equaliser against Bury in the recent 3-2 win at the JD Stadium, and put Latics 2-1 up in their 3-1 home victory against Preston North End.

You can see Callum's goal against Bury below.

Tom Powell - Forward

Another Wigan lad, Tom is a pacey forward who has shown good ability in front of goal. He is a threat to the opposition when he is running at pace and has improved his link up play of late to combine in the final third.

Nathan Randell - Forward

After a successful trial period, Nathan has earned himself an apprenticeship contract. He has shown ability to receive the ball and hold off players as well as driving at defenders to cause them problems.

Nathan was spotted at a Wigan Athletic Community Trust Kicks tournament at Wigan Youth Zone and has spent the last eight months with Latics' Under 16s.  You can read his inspiring story by [clicking here].

Chris Sang - Striker

Chris has shown good finishing skills in front of goal recently and this has come from hard work and emphasises his excellent attitude and work rate to develop. He is strong to link the play and also effective in the air. Chris has exceptional pace and has the ability to score goals.

He has made nine substitute appearances for the Under 18s this season.

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