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180 cm





Experienced striker who made the move to the DW Stadium in January 2018 from Sunderland and helped Latics on their way to the Sky Bet League One title.

Latics secured the signing of James Vaughan from Sunderland on an 18-month contract in January 2018.

Vaughan spent just six months on Wearside in an unsuccessful campaign for the Black Cats, having previously notched 24 goals in 37 league games for Bury in 2016-17.

The former Everton man made his Latics debut in a 0-0 draw with Peterborough United before notching his first goal in a 3-1 defeat at Southend United a month later.

Further goals against Oldham Athletic and Rochdale helped Latics on their way to the Sky Bet League One title, with his first campaign with Latics returning a total of 19 appearances.


Vaughan announced himself as a professional footballer in style as he scored on his senior debut for Everton in a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace in April 2005 and in doing so became the youngest-ever Premier League goal-scorer - a record he still held as of the start of the 2018-19 season.

In the five years following his debut, Vaughan suffered a torrid time with injuries but despite this scored a further eight goals for the Toffees.

Loan spells with Derby County, Leicester City and Crystal Palace followed prior to a reported £2.5million move to Norwich City in 2011.

An injury-hit first season at Carrow Road saw Vaughan loaned out to Huddersfield Town by the time of the 2012-13 season and he re-found his scoring touch with the Terriers, scoring 14 league goals before the Yorkshire side made the move permanent ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.

Vaughan scored another 17 league goals for Huddersfield before he moved to Bury in 2016 after a brief stint with Birmingham City.

At Gigg Lane, Vaughan scored 24 League One goals in 2016-17 and was named in the EFL League One Team of the Year. 

That form resulted in Sunderland paying £500,000 for Vaughan's services, though his time at the Stadium of Light coincided with a turbulent period for the Black Cats which ultimately ended in relegation to Sky Bet League One. 

On Wearside, Vaughan played 27 times in all competitions and scored two goals before his January departure to Latics.