Latics catch Sammon

01 February 2011 12:53
Conor Sammon yesterday completed his move to the DW Stadium from SPL side Kilmarnock after agreeing terms shortly before the close of the transfer window. The 24 year old Irish forward had been the subject of interest from Derby County and Scunthorpe United but Kilmarnock had rejected their advances. However a bid believed to be in the region of £600,000 from the Latics was enough to tempt Killie's hand. Sammon has joined on an initial 3 and a half year deal for an officially undisclosed fee. Aged just 24 and said to be full of pace, the striker has managed an impressive 15 SPL goals for Kilmarnock this season. Speaking about his move to the DW, Sammon told the club's official website: "It was a crazy day but as soon as I heard Wigan Athletic were interested in signing me I couldn't wait to get down the road and sign on the dotted line."It feels amazing to have been given the opportunity to join such a big club and play in the Premier League. I'm relishing this chance and can't wait to meet the rest of the boys and start working with them and the manager."I've worked very hard to get this opportunity and I'll continue doing so in order to make my mark on the biggest stage of them all." Unfortunately the signing came too late for Sammon's registration to be completed ahead of this evenings game with West Brom at the Hawthorns. Following on from the success of James McCarthy and James McArthur, Latics boss Roberto Martinez is delighted to have what he hopes will prove to be another SPL bargain on his hands. He told the club's official website: "He's had a very impressive campaign with Kilmarnock this season scoring 15 goals in 20 starts and we believe he's got the potential to improve here."He's desperate to help the team win football games and is a young man with a great future ahead of him. He brings a goal-scoring touch to the team, is very clever with his movement playing on the last-man and has a real threat up-front."He'll need time to adapt and settle into the football club to become himself, but we feel it's the right move at the right time and we have high hopes of his future here at Wigan Athletic."We need to be patient with him and we've seen from previous experiences that with these moves it takes time for the player to get up to speed. But he's eager to get working and his football will tell us when he's ready. He's a powerful player with the right attitude which should shorten that time." CLICK HERE FOR THE MESSAGEBOARD