Young forward has committed his long-term future to Wigan Athletic after making first team debut earlier this month.
- Young Wigan Athletic forward Joe Gelhardt has committed his long-term future to Wigan Athletic
- Gelhardt, 16, made his first team debut in Latics’ Carabao Cup clash with Rotherham United earlier this month
- Academy Manager Gregor Rioch: “For Joe, his family and everyone associated with Wigan Athletic, this is great news.”
Wigan Athletic are delighted to confirm that young forward Joe Gelhardt has committed his long-term future to the club after agreeing his first professional contract at the DW Stadium, which will see the England youth international remain with the club until 2021.
Gelhardt, 16, made his first team debut for Latics earlier this month in our Carabao Cup tie at Rotherham United, following an impressive start to the campaign with the club’s under-18s.
An England schoolboy international, Gelhardt has earned his first call-up to the England U17 side this month.
Commenting on Gelhardt’s commitment to Latics, Academy Manager Gregor Rioch said:
“For Joe, his family and everyone associated with Wigan Athletic, this is great news.
“Fundamentally, Joe is a fantastic young man, who has a bright future in the game and we are proud he has committed his long-term future to Wigan Athletic. It is a show of confidence for all of our academy staff who have had an input in Joe’s development over the years.
“We have a culture engrained within our academy which Joe has embraced over the past five years and, like many of his peers, we are immensely proud of his recognition at international level.
“Like we say to all of our players at this stage, this is just the next step on the journey and Joe must now continue to keep his standards high to ensure he does everything he can to fulfil his dreams and ambitions.”
Wigan Athletic chief executive Jonathan Jackson added:
“We are absolutely delighted that Joe has committed his future to Wigan Athletic.
“Joe is a player with huge potential, who has starred on the international scene for England’s youth teams in recent years as a result of his natural talent and dedication to football.
“Having joined the club in 2013, Joe is an example of the excellent work we see at the academy on a daily basis.
“We are excited by the potential of our academy players and we look forward to seeing them represent Wigan Athletic in the future.”