Luke Burgess, Callum Lang, Chris Merrie and Sam Stubbs offered professional contracts at Wigan Athletic.
- Four Wigan Athletic under-18 players offered professional contracts.
- Luke Burgess, Callum Lang, Chris Merrie and Sam Stubbs offered professional deal with Latics.
- Gregor Rioch: “We’re delighted to offer these contracts, now the hard work must continue to bridge the gap between the under-18s and first team.”
Wigan Athletic are delighted to offer Luke Burgess, Callum Lang, Chris Merrie and Sam Stubbs their first professional contracts ahead of the 2017-18 season.
The four players have been part of the under-18 side for the last two seasons, helping the club to make the Fifth Round of the FA Youth Cup for the first time in the club’s history last season and progress to the national final of the EFL Youth Alliance Cup this campaign.
Head of Academy, Gregor Rioch said of the contracts:
“We are delighted to be able to offer Luke, Callum, Chris and Sam their first professional contracts.
“The boys have been part of a hard-working and successful under-18 side for a couple of seasons now and their next challenge is to bridge the gap to the first team as soon as possible.
“As much as these offers reward their work to date, the next phase of their careers is crucial and they must display the right attitude and commitment to become a first team player at Wigan Athletic.”
Matty Taylor, Shane Donaghey and Tom Powell have been informed they will not be offered professional deals with the club, after Charlie Forecast, Nathan Randell, Remell Fitton and Josh Beaumont had earlier been told they would be free to pursue the next challenge in their respective careers.
Rioch added of the released players:
“It’s always one of the hardest things to do in football to inform a young player that they won’t be retained.
“Our job as an academy and a football club now is to help each individual in the next phase of their lives; whether that be finding a new club, a job in a different sector or – like in Charlie Forecast’s case – an opportunity to continue in education, which he is going to do out in America.”