Nick Powell in sensational return to the DW Stadium.
- Nick Powell joins Wigan Athletic on three-year-deal.
- Powell re-joins Wigan Athletic after his Manchester United contract expires.
- ‘We are delighted he’s back, a real quality player’ - Gary Caldwell on Nick Powell.
Powell passed a medical today and put pen to paper on a three-year-contract at the DW Stadium. He joins straight up with the squad as they continue their pre-season training at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre in Euxton.
The 22-year-old scored 12 goals in all competitions on loan in 2013-14, where he was a team mate of Latics manager Gary Caldwell.
His new manager is delighted he is back:
“Nick is a quality player,” he said, “he’s the one player we wanted to get this summer and we are so happy we’ve got him. When I played with him, he was the best 19-year-old I’d ever played with.
“He’s had a frustrating couple of years with injuries and not managing to settle anywhere, but we absolutely believe in him because he’s a special player with the talent to get a stadium to its feet.
“He is still very young and has got so much more to give the game. We are delighted he can continue his progress with us.”
Powell initially arrived on loan at Latics in the summer of 2013 and his seven league goals played a big part in the team reaching the Championship Play-Offs. He also scored three goals in the club’s first ever Europa League campaign and another two in the FA Cup on the road to the semi-final.
Manchester United paid £6million for him in 2012 after he had come through the ranks at Crewe Alexandra and played over 50 games for the Railwaymen. Since his loan spell at the DW Stadium, he has also spent time at Leicester City and Hull City.