One ex-loan player moves, another one stays

21 June 2012 04:22
Two players who had loans with Burnley have secured new deals in the last week, one with Swindon Town, and one, last week, to remain in the Premier League with Wigan Athletic. James McEveley has joined Swindon

James McEveley was released by Barnsley at the end of last season. It was no surprise given that he suddenly lost his place in the side last March and was then allowed to go to Swindon on loan.

He made a dramatic debut for Swindon too,  at Wembley in the Johnstone's Paints Trophy Final defeat to Chesterfield, before going on to play in eight league games as they clinched promotion to League One as League Two champions just a year after suffering relegation.

There was considerable speculation that they might try to sign McEveley on a permanent deal and they've done just that today with the left back agreeing a two year deal. The Scottish international will formally sign on 1st July following the completion of his contract with Barnsley.

There are no such moves for Wigan goalkeeper Mike Pollitt. Despite reaching the age of 40 in February this year, and despite having played only one Premier League game in the last two seasons, manager Roberto Martinez had no hesitation in offering him a new deal which he duly signed last week.

Pollitt signed for Wigan seven years ago and in doing so became their first Premier League signing. He's now just three games short of having made 500 league appearances in his career since making a debut for Lincoln City in the early 1990s.

Martinez said of him last week: "Above all Mike is a fantastic goalkeeper, whose experience and professionalism sets a high standard in training every day.

"He has had to be patient for opportunities on the pitch, but his commitment is never questioned and for the younger members of our squad he remains the example to follow, and we're delighted to have him with us next season."