Martinez joy as Bramble and Boyce sign new deals to stay at Wigan until 2012
14 July 2009 04:41
Wigan defenders Titus Bramble and Emmerson Boyce have signed new contracts which run until 2012, the club have confirmed.
Wigan defenders Titus Bramble and Emmerson Boyce have committed their futures to the club by signing new contract extensions today.
The pair are both now tied to the Latics until 2012 with new boss Roberto Martinez happy to sanction deals which were put in place at the end of last season.
Martinez said: 'When you look at the performances of the two players over recent seasons it's a great reward from the club to offer them contract extensions.
'They're real ambassadors for the club and great professionals who give you a good sense of continuity and competitiveness.
'They offer stability, set themselves high standards and are excellent examples to follow.
'Both are at a great moment in their careers and I think they're best years are still to come, so we're very lucky to have players of that calibre.'
Bramble had been linked with a move to Sunderland, now under former Wigan boss Steve Bruce, who got the best out of the 27-year-old after signing him from Newcastle in 2007.
'I've been really happy here, and I feel really settled,' Bramble said. 'I never wanted to go anywhere else and I'm really looking forward to the new season. These are exciting times for the club and I'm glad to be a part of it.'
Boyce joined the Latics from Crystal Palace in 2006 and has gone on to make 88 appearances in the Barclays Premier League.
He is excited at the prospect of working under Martinez, who moved to the JJB Stadium from Swansea last month.
Boyce said: 'I've been impressed with the new manager and he has brought a lot of energy into the club with him.
'Swansea City received a lot of plaudits last season about how well they played and you can only assume he wants to bring that style of play to Wigan Athletic - I'm really happy to be a part of it.'