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14 January 2016

Learn more about defender Reece Wabara.

  • Reece Wabara joins Latics.
  • Defender arrives at the DW Stadium following spell with Barnsley.
  • Wabara draws experience from Manchester City, Ipswich Town, Oldham Athletic and Doncaster Rovers.
1. Born on 28 December 1991, the defender originates from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire and began his footballing career in the Centre of Excellence at Walsall.

2. As a 16-year-old, Wabara joined Manchester City, where he spent six years in total, including a scholarship, and three year professional contract.

3. Wabara made his senior debut on 22 May 2011 as a late substitute in a 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers, replacing Pablo Zabaleta.

Reece and Joe Hart after his debut against Bolton Wanderers.

4. In September 2011 Wabara joined Championship side Ipswich Town on loan, featuring six times, but starting just once.  He featured alongside former Latics players Nathan Ellington, Jimmy Bullard and Jason Scotland, in a team managed by former boss Paul Jewell.

5. Wabara’s second loan spell of his career was at Oldham Athletic, where he made a name for himself as a goal scorer in the FA Cup.  His first professional goal came on 1 December 2012 in a 3-1 victory over Doncaster Rovers, before he scored what eventually turned out to be the winning goal in a 3-2 victory over Liverpool on 27 January 2013.

Wabara celebrates his goal against Liverpool with his Oldham team mates.

6. Reece made 30 appearances for Oldham, before a brief loan to Blackpool, followed by a loan spell with Doncaster Rovers.  He featured against Latics in our first home game of the 2013/14 Championship season, one of his 15 appearances for the Yorkshire side before his stay was cut short by injury.

7. Wabara left Manchester City at the end of the 2013/14 campaign, before linking back up with Doncaster for the start of the 2014/15 season, in which he would feature 50 times, missing just three games in Sky Bet League One.

8. In August 2015, Wabara joined fellow League One side Barnsley on a short term contract.  He made 26 appearances in all competitions, including against Latics in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, and the League One meeting at Oakwell in December 2015.

Reece (top right) in the England U20 squad for the 2011 World Cup.

9. Wabara was an England youth international in the Under 19s and Under 20s.  He was involved in the 2011 U-20 World Cup squad, alongside former Latics winger Callum McManaman and current goalkeeper Lee Nicholls.  He also qualifies to play for Nigeria through his grandfather, Lawrence Wabara, who played for the Super Eagles during the 1950s.  Reece is also the nephew of former Aston Villa, Rangers and Liverpool player Mark Walters.

10. Wabara is the founder and CEO of UK-based fashion brand Maniere De Voir.

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