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12 January 2018

Learn more about Latics’ second January signing James Vaughan with 10 facts about his career so far and a photo gallery from his now 13-year professional career.

  • Facts about new Wigan Athletic signing James Vaughan
  • 29-year-old Everton academy graduate has signed for Latics from Sunderland
  • Vaughan has played in the Premier League and has scored over 70 career goals

1. Birmingham-born James Vaughan progressed through Everton's academy and became the youngest-ever player to score in the Premier League in April 2005 when he made his debut in a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace aged just 16 years and 270 days. Vaughan's 87th minute strike saw him beat a record previously held by James Milner.

2. Vaughan was named Everton's Young Player of the Season in the 2006-07 campaign.

3. Vaughan played in the 2009 FA Cup final as Everton lost 2-1 to Chelsea at Wembley.

4. Vaughan won 13 youth international caps for England, between the age groups of U17 and U21

5. Brief loan spells with Derby County and Leicester City furthered Vaughan's experience before he spent the 2010-11 season with Crystal Palace, helping the Eagles to stay in the Championship with nine goals in 30 games.

6. In 2011, Vaughan was signed by Premier League Norwich City, but injuries limited his involvement at Carrow Road as he played just six games before a loan to Huddersfield Town in 2012-13.

7. Vaughan led the goal-scoring charts in his first two seasons with the Terriers after making his loan move permanent ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.

8. Midway through the 2015-16 season, Vaughan signed for Birmingham City on loan, a move that was later made permanent.

9. Vaughan dropped to League One for the first time in 2016-17 and went on to score 24 goals in 37 games for a struggling Bury side, for whom he notched a third of their league goals.

10. Vaughan's former Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson paid a reported £500,000 to bring the striker to Sunderland in the summer.

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