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30 August 2016

Latics capture West Ham United defender until the end of the season.

  • 19-year-old England youth international Reece Burke signs for Wigan Athletic.
  • Burke spent last season on loan at Bradford City, where he won the club’s Player of the Season award.
  • Gary Caldwell: “Reece brings great defensive attributes to our squad.”
Wigan Athletic are delighted to announce that West Ham United defender Reece Burke has joined the club on a season-long loan deal.

Burke, who turns 20 on Friday, has won a total of nine youth international caps for England and recently signed a new four-year contract with his parent club, with Hammers boss Slaven Bilic stating he is very much in his future plans at the London Stadium.

The Newham-born defender spent last season on loan with Sky Bet League One side Bradford City and made 36 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals before going on to win the Bantams’ Player of the Year award.

After playing for the Hammers in their UEFA Europa League campaign earlier this season, Burke was encouraged to get first-team experience in the Championship, and his new manager Gary Caldwell was quick to bring him to the DW Stadium.

“As soon as we were made aware of Reece’s availability, we worked hard to get him here as we knew there was interest from a number of Championship clubs,” Caldwell said. “He’s about to turn 20 and the experience he has already is impressive, having played in the Premier League for West Ham and also his successful spell with Bradford last season.

“The fact West Ham have signed him up to a four-year-deal tells you how highly they rate him and we are pleased that they believe the best place for him to develop now is with us here at Wigan Athletic.

“He brings good quality on the ball, but most importantly he’s a solid defender who can deal with big crowds and the league environment, as he proved at Bradford.”

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