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Date of birth



180 cm





Dogged defender who joined Latics in July 2016 on a three-year deal from Derby County, making his competitive debut in the first game of the 2016-17 season at Bristol City.

He went on to play 39 league games that season, as well as two FA Cup and an EFL Cup match, a toe injury forcing him to miss the final three matches of the campaign.

He scored his debut goal for the club with a late header that won the Sky Bet Championship game at Molineux against Wolverhampton Wanderers in February 2017.

His warrior-like performances at the heart of the defence have endeared him to supporters at every club he has played, the ultimate 100%-er, who gives everything to the cause, every minute of every game.

Buxton began his professional career at his local team Mansfield Town, making his debut as a 17-year-old as a late substitute against Crewe Alexandra on 22 October 2002.

His breakthrough season came two seasons later when he went on to make 33 appearances for the Stags in League Two.

Following Mansfield's relegation from the EFL in 2007/08 and after 174 appearances in all competitions, Buxton joined National League side Burton Albion for the 2008/09 campaign, a move which proved successful as he made 43 appearances on the road to promotion and the league title.

Such was the impressive nature of Buxton's season, the defender was also named the Brewers' Player of the Year.

In 2009/10 his former manager Nigel Clough recruited Buxton to Championship side Derby County, where he made 24 appearances in his first season.

Injury saw Buxton feature just once in 2010/11, before making a steady return to first team action in 2011/12, playing 23 times and scoring an iconic last-minute winner in the Rams’ regional derby with Nottingham Forest.

Buxton made a total of 158 appearances during his seven years at Derby, 52 of which came in the 2013/14 season as the defender proved to be a keystone in the Rams’ challenge for promotion to the Premier League, which ultimately saw them miss out in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium against Queens Park Rangers.