Wigan Athletic are delighted to confirm the signing of goalkeeper Scott Carson from Turkish side Bursaspor on a three-year deal, after agreeing personal terms with the player.
After successfully completed a medical at the DW Stadium, the 27-year-old England international became Owen Coyle’s fifth signing in a week, during what has been a busy transfer window thus far for the Gaffer, who continues to strengthen his squad in time for the start of the new season.
Posing with the 2013/14 home goalkeeper jersey, Carson said:
“I’m over the moon to join the club and for sorting the whole move out. Now the focus is to get my head down and start working hard in time for the new season.
“Coming into a squad with a new look to it is exciting. There are plenty of players coming in at the moment, but there are also a number of guys here who have been at the club for a long time so I’m sure they’ll help lads like myself settle in, and right now I can’t wait to start getting involved.
“Everyone talks about how tough the league is and they’re right, you have to be at your best if you’re going to come out on top and with a lot of games to play it’s going to be really demanding on us this year.”
Carson returns to England after two years in Turkey, having just helped Bursaspor qualify for the Europa League by finishing fourth in the Super Lig, with one of the fewest amounts of goals conceded during the campaign, making 29 appearances.
The keeper began his career at Leeds United in 2003, making three league appearances before moving to Liverpool in 2005, who he helped to win the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup that year.
Following loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton Athletic and Aston Villa, he joined West Bromwich Albion in 2008, in what would become the most fruitful spell of his career.
Carson made 110 league appearances for the Baggies in three years before his move to Turkey, taking the captain’s armband in his second season at The Hawthorns and helping gain promotion to the Premier League in 2009/10, after finishing second in the Championship.
After representing England at Under 18 and Under 21 level, Carson stepped up to the senior side in 2007, and has won four caps for the Three Lions.