Date: 26th June 2013 at 10:57pm
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Chris McCann, out of contract this summer and refusing to negotiate a new contract has been reunited with former Burnley gaffer Owen Coyle at Wigan Athletic today after putting pen to paper following a medical. He will officially leave Turf Moor when his contract expires on the 1st July after signing a three-year deal at the DW Stadium. He leaves on a free transfer and the sad thing in many respects, is that we get nothing for all the investment we put behind him, especially during the long spells when he was injured.

McCann becomes Coyle’s first signing for Wigan. The ‘hero to zero’ former Burnley manager recently became their new manager and was always known to have a high regard for the 25 year old midfielder.

Talking about his first signing for the club, Coyle said:

“I’m delighted to bring a player of Chris’ ability to the club, and he’ll bring real strength to the group ahead of a demanding season

“He’s a powerful, attacking midfielder who scores goals, plays from box-to-box and isn’t scared to put his foot in when it comes to winning the ball back.

“I had the pleasure of working with him at Burnley, and on a number of occasions we turned down some big-money bids for him, such was his importance to the team and the integral role he played in helping the club win promotion to the Premier League at a young age.

“He’s still young in football-terms, has plenty to offer and I hope to see him playing a big role at Wigan Athletic.”

McCann made 238 league appearances for Burnley between 2005 and 2013 and scored 27 times. It is thought Wigan beat a number of Premier League and Championship clubs to get their man, but get their man they did! Now all we have to do is get ours and quickly while there are still enough decent midfielders available!

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