Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Maloney seals Latics switch

Shaun Maloney

Wigan have completed the signing of Scotland forward Shaun Maloney from Celtic on an initial two-year deal.

The 28-year-old travelled to Lancashire on Wednesday after the two clubs agreed a fee, believed to be about £1million.

Maloney's deal includes the option for an additional third year.

"We're delighted to welcome Shaun, who has great experience and is at the perfect age to come and bring something different to our squad," said manager Roberto Martinez.

"His previous experience in the Premier League [at Aston Villa] will be a great platform to start his Wigan Athletic career," he added. "Now we want to make sure he enjoys that homely feeling at our football club to be able to bring his magic to our strong group of players."

Maloney will link up with former Celtic team-mate Gary Caldwell at the DW Stadium and is relishing the prospect, saying: "As soon as I found out about the move I got excited. The gaffer likes to play the right way and there's a tremendous squad here full of great potential.

"I need to focus on winning a place in the team and doing the best I can for the team. I want to thank everyone at Celtic which has been my life for so long now, and especially all the fans. But I've got an exciting challenge now and I can't wait to get started."

Martinez had added further depth to his squad with the signing of Chelsea's Holland Under-21 defender Patrick van Aanholt on a season-long loan.

The 21-year-old left-sided player becomes the third new arrival at the DW Stadium in just over 24 hours with Almeria's Albert Crusat having signed a permanent deal on Tuesday.

"Patrick is a player with enormous potential," said Martinez. "Technically he is very gifted, very comfortable in possession and physically, he uses his intensity to defend very effectively. "He can play left-back or left wing-back and without a doubt he's got a phenomenal career ahead of him.

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