Wigan Seal McArthur Deal

23 07 2010

Wigan Athletic have completed a deal to sign highly-rated Hamilton Academical midfielder James McArthur for an undisclosed fee. The Scotland under-21 international has penned a four-year deal after passing his medical earlier today. He joins former Accies star James McCarthy at the DW stadium.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is delighted with the capture and is certain that McArthur will make an instant impression just like James McCarthy did last season.

“James is a really exciting prospect and we are all delighted that he has chosen to join Wigan Athletic,” Martinez revealed to the club’s official website.

“We are building a squad here at the DW and I see James as being another real quality addition who will add great competition in the midfield areas.

“He is young, hungry, desperate to play for us in the Premier League and I believe he has all the attributes you need to be a success at this level.

“We want James to feel at home here, enjoy his football and progress his career as he helps with his daily standards, to make Wigan Athletic a stronger football team.

“James McCarthy adapted to life at Wigan and James McArthur has the potential to be just as impressive.

“James has played a huge amount of games for a player of his age and his desire and winning mentality will be a great asset for our squad.”

Mark Jepson

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