Wigan trio sign new deals
Wigan Athletic trio James McCarthy, Emmerson Boyce and Ben Watson have all signed new long-term contracts at the DW Stadium.
Last Updated: 23/08/11 9:04am
Wigan Athletic have received a major boost after James McCarthy, Emmerson Boyce and Ben Watson all signed new long-term contracts at the DW Stadium.
Promising midfielder McCarthy has been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool during the summer and has agreed a five-year deal.
Watson, who scored in the opening day draw with Norwich City, has accepted a three-year contract and long-serving defender Boyce will stay for another two seasons.
Latics boss Roberto Martinez is delighted to have secured the trio on new deals and is happy McCarthy has agreed to stay after attracting the interest of bigger clubs.
"In any transfer window, all we often hear about are possible new arrivals and targets coming out of the blue and we can sometimes forget the importance of keeping a really competitive core of players at the club, players who know what it means to play for our Wigan Athletic, who have daily standards and the level of performance to make them deserve being rewarded," Martinez told the club's official website.
"It's part of our strategy to offer and reward players with new contracts in order to look after the future stability of the club.
"We have been talking to several of our players and we are delighted to announce these first three, with hopefully more to come very soon. Having players commit their long-term futures provides the platform we need to build from.
"James is a young man with a very big future in the game, and it speaks volumes that he has chosen Wigan to carry on his football education. We are proud to have him as a Wigan Athletic player.
"Ben has grown to become a key member of the team over the past 12 months and has shown great maturity on the field. He is in the best moment of his career but I'm sure his best years still lie in front of him, here at the DW Stadium.
"As for Emmerson, what can we say? He is now in his sixth season at the club and is a true professional who continues to set the highest daily standards, he is an example to others around him and a true ambassador for Wigan Athletic."