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Daniel Fox

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Biography

Date of birth

29/05/1986

Height

183 cm

Signed

29/01/2019

Country

Scotland

Experienced former Scotland international who signed for Latics on a permanent deal in January 2019.

Danny Fox completed a permanent move to the DW Stadium from Nottingham Forest in January 2019.

Fox, who hails from Cheshire, boasted over 450 career appearances on his arrival at the DW having began his career as a youth team player at Everton, where he won a professional contract in 2004.

Once a substitute in the Premier League for the Toffees, Fox didn't make a first team appearance at Goodison Park and in 2005 - after loan spells with Gateshead and Stranraer - he moved to Walsall.

During his time at the Banks’s Stadium, Fox played 118 games in all competitions and helped the Saddlers to win promotion to League One.

In the 2008 January Transfer Window, Fox’s impressive Walsall performances saw him attract the interest of a number of Championship clubs, including Coventry City. He signed for the Sky Blues, along with Saddlers teammate Scott Dann, in that window.

Fox spent 18 months with Coventry and proved to be hugely impressive. He won a number of awards and also won England U21 honours before being named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year.

That form didn’t go unnoticed and Celtic paid £1.5million for his services in 2009, with his debut for his new club coming in the UEFA Champions League against Dinamo Moscow, alongside former Latics Shaun Maloney, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Gary Caldwell.

Fox qualified to play international football for Scotland through his grandfather and was handed his senior international debut whilst with Celtic, in a 3-0 defeat against Wales. He has since made a further three caps for his country.

After six months in Scotland, Fox returned south to England to sign for Premier League Burnley. He would go on to play 56 times for the Clarets over an 18-month spell before Southampton acquired his services in August 2011.

Fox helped Southampton to win promotion to the Premier League and spent nearly three years with the Saints, playing 69 times before he joined Nottingham Forest, initially on loan, in January 2014.

He made 127 appearances for the City Ground club over a five-year period, prior to his move to Latics. During his time with Forest, in December 2014, Fox dyed his beard yellow in as effort to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation following his friend's death, who suffered from Cystic Fibrosis. Because of this, Fox was appointed as the ambassadorial role for the Cystic Fibrosis charity.

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