Young Wigan Athletic defender Luke Burke extends his contract until 2018
- Luke Burke extends his Wigan Athletic contract until 2018.
- 18-year-old Luke Burke extends contract at Latics.
- Defender has played five league matches for Latics in the Sky Bet Championship this season.
We are delighted to confirm that Luke Burke has signed a one-year extension to his contract, which keeps him at the club until the end of the 2017-18 season.
The 18-year-old Liverpool-born defender has been at the club since the age of 12, and has progressed through all the age ranges, captaining the Under 18s to the Fifth Round of the FA Youth Cup and also Football League Youth Alliance last season before signing his first professional contract in the summer.
Having featured in pre-season with the first team, he made his debut in the opening game of the season at Bristol City and kept his place at right back for the next two fixtures at home to Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City, coming off the bench at Nottingham Forest and starting at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday.
His progress since then has been halted by a hamstring strain but he has now recovered from that and is playing for the Development Squad.
Gregor Rioch, Head of Wigan Athletic Academy, said: “Luke has made huge strides in what has been a whirlwind 12 months or so for him. He was one of the stand-out performers last season for the Under 18s and, having been offered pro-terms, to find himself in the first team picture so early on in his career was a great boost that has given him a knowledge of the standards he needs to reach.
“This is a recognition of all his hard work, so big congratulations to him and his family and I am confident he can continue to progress.”
Burke said himself: “I’m really happy to be able to extend my deal here. To get the chance to play in the first team was amazing.
“I know I have to work really hard to impress the new manager and show him what I can do. The leap in standards from Under 18s to first team was huge and I think I improved massively with the experience of playing at that level and against top professionals. It’s just given me a taste for more but I know that I need to work really hard to earn my chance again.”