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Latics seal Amaya capture
15 Aug 2009 - 10:59:14
Wigan Athletic have signed Spanish defender Antonio Amaya on a three-year deal, subject to international clearance.
The 26-year-old joins the Latics from Spanish outfit Rayo Vallecano and spoke of his eagerness to get started after meeting new manager Roberto Martinez.
"To play in England is a big dream for me and I am honoured that Wigan have chosen me," Amaya told the club's official website.
"I want to do everything I can to show Roberto Martinez and the people of Wigan they have made a good choice.
"I just need to be totally focused now on trying to earn a place in what is a very talented and competitive squad and try and make a good impression to my new team-mates, the manager and the supporters of my new club."
Amaya captained the Spanish second division side for the past three years, going close to promotion to La Liga last term.
"Antonio is someone I have admired from a distance for a long time," admitted Martinez.
"I am very happy we have convinced him to come to us.
"He is a really powerful lad, technically excellent, with good pace and he will fit in well to our system.
"I have no doubts about him adjusting to English football.
"Antonio is a quality player, with an excellent mix of experience and professionalism and he is enthusiastic about joining the club."