Wigan Athletic are delighted to announce that Callum McManaman has committed his future to the club by signing a contract extension which will see him remain at the DW Stadium until 2016.
The 21-year-old put pen to paper on the new three-year deal 24 hours before Latics are due to face Macclesfield Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup, and was delighted to extend his stay at the club where he began his professional career, saying:
“It was an easy decision to be honest, never in doubt and I was just made up to get it signed and completed.
“The club is very important to me; when Everton let me go earlier in my career Wigan Athletic were the ones who gave me the opportunity and I owe it to the club to stay loyal.
“It was the best thing that happened for my career; I’ve loved every minute of it so far and I’m still enjoying it now.
“I want to keep improving, keep making appearances and maybe get more starts under my belt. Hopefully in time that will come because I believe there is a lot more to come from me.”
McManaman made his debut for Latics back in May 2009 as a second-half substitute against Portsmouth at the then-named JJB Stadium, the final game under the stadium’s previous title, and has since gone on to make 24 appearances for the first team in all competitions, 13 of which in the Premier League.
In 2010 he scored his first senior goal for the club, in an FA Cup third round victory over Hull City at the KC Stadium, since finding the back of the net against Swindon Town in the same competition and Nottingham Forest in this season’s Capital One Cup.
A successful loan spell at Blackpool last season saw the attacker make 14 league appearances and score two goals in the Championship for Ian Holloway’s side before returning to the DW Stadium in February.
This season has been his most fruitful in terms of first team appearances, making 13 in all competitions included four starts in the cup competitions.
Manager Roberto Martinez had this to say:
“Callum’s signature is a huge boost for us at a crucial time in the season. As a 21-year-old he is about to make the final step in his first team development and during his time at our club has grown to become an integral member of the squad.
“That growth is down to the hard work and raw desire to make a difference and better himself as a player, so we’re truly delighted that his tremendous prospect will continue to flourish in a Wigan Athletic shirt.”