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5 June 2017

Centre back set to join when his Oxford United contract ends on June 30.

  • Wigan Athletic set to sign Oxford United defender Cheyenne Dunkley.
  • Dunkley will arrive at the DW Stadium on a three-year deal on July 1.
  • Paul Cook: “Chey is an exciting talent and will be a big asset.”

Wigan Athletic can confirm that 25-year-old defender Chey Dunkley is set to join the club when his contract at Oxford United ends on June 30.

Dunkley helped Oxford to the final of the Checkatrade Trophy last season, featuring 52 times in all competitions as Michael Appleton’s side challenged for a play-off spot in Sky Bet League One.

The Wolverhampton-born defender started his career in the Crewe Alexandra academy, like current Latics Nick Powell and Ryan Colclough, before forging a successful career in non-league, firstly with Hednesford Town and then Kidderminster Harriers.

A successful three-year stay at Aggborough was followed by a move to Oxford, initially on loan, in November 2014. Whilst at the Kassam Stadium, Dunkley won promotion from Sky Bet League Two in 2016 and twice helped the U’s to the Checkatrade Trophy at Wembley.

Manager Paul Cook said after capturing Dunkley, who boasts nearly 100 EFL appearances: “Chey has continued to develop his game year on year since he left Crewe after coming through their academy, learning the hard way in non-league and having his best season to date with Oxford United last year and playing over 50 games. He adds more quality to a strong defensive department.”

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