Double swoop for Latics as Sam Morsy and Ryan Colclough join the club.
- Sam Morsy and Ryan Colclough sign for Wigan Athletic.
- Duo join Latics from Chesterfield and Crewe Alexandra.
- “We’re delighted to welcome them to the club” – David Sharpe.
They join Yanic Wilschut, Reece Wabara, Dan Lavercombe and Danny Whitehead as the club’s January signings, with more transfer activity possible before Monday’s deadline.
After completing a medical at the DW Stadium today, both can be presented as Latics players, Morsy signing a two and a half year deal and Colclough three and a half years.
Both will be in line for their debuts against face Port Vale on Saturday, the club where Morsy completed his apprenticeship and Colclough’s home-town club and the team he supported as a boy.
Latics Chairman David Sharpe is proud to be able to announce both signings together.
He said: “It makes a statement as to our ambition that we are able to unveil Sam and Ryan, and I think both of these players will become big favourites here. They fit the right age profile and will form part of our future for seasons to come.”
Latics manager Gary Caldwell is delighted with his new captures: “They are players we have been keeping a close eye on so to be able to get both over the line now is a major boost for us.
“We saw their talent first hand in matches this season and they both were stand out players in matches against Chesterfield and Crewe respectively.
“They are exactly the type of players we want at Wigan Athletic, young and hungry, but with plenty of experience at this level at the same time as having the ability to progress and play in a higher division. Hopefully of course, that will be with us.
“Sam is an aggressive, talented central midfielder, a leader on and off the park, while Ryan is a young talent who has the ability to get people off their seat.”
Wolverhampton-born Morsy began at the Wolves academy but was picked up by Port Vale at the age of 16 and came through their youth system to play 71 times for the Valiants, before switching to Chesterfield in 2013 and being virtually ever-present since. He made 99 league appearances for the Spireites, including twice against Latics this season.
Burslem-born Colclough has come through Crewe’s excellent Academy and made his debut at 17 for the Railwaymen. He broke through to become a regular towards the end of last season and has been ever-present this season, playing every league and cup game, scoring 8 goals in total, 7 in the league. He played against Latics in all three matches this season.