Latics complete McCarthy coup

21 July 2009 03:09
Wigan Athletic have completed a major coup by signing Hamilton Academical's highly-rated teenage midfielder James McCarthy on a five-year contract. The 18-year-old had been a target for several clubs either side of the border, with Wolves also having had a bid accepted for the reigning Scottish Young Player of the Year. Latics manager Roberto Martinez told the club's official website: "There were several clubs chasing James and it is fantastic he has chosen Wigan. "He had a very difficult decision to make and, fair play to him, he took his time to weigh up all his options, take advice and make his mind up. "That shows a huge amount of maturity for a boy of his age, but then maturity is probably the one word I would use above all others to describe him. "He has the ability to become a big player in the future and it is great to have him on board. "He's quick, very bright on the ball, can see a pass and I believe he can have a great career in football. "Now it's up to us to manage those expectations carefully and nurture a really prodigious talent over the coming months and years." Republic of Ireland Under-21 international McCarthy scored 15 goals in 111 appearances for the Accies, helping them return to the SPL and stay there.

Source: ESA