As always with a new face at Wigan Athletic, we bring you our 10 facts, this time it is the turn of striker Nicky Maynard.
1. Nicky came through the impressive youth system at Crewe Alexandra, breaking into the first team in 2005/06, going on to score 32 league goals in 59 appearances until 2008.
2. He scored his first goal in professional football with his very first touch, having replaced Michael Higdon at half time in April 2006 to make his debut against Millwall in a 4-2 win at Gresty Road.
3. Maynard scored his first professional hat trick in April 2008 in a 3-1 victory for Crewe against Cheltenham Town, capping off a seven game consecutive scoring streak which saw him score 11 goals.
4. Such was the impressive nature of his end to the 2007/08 season, Maynard earned himself a move to then Championship side Bristol City, for who he scored 11 goals in 45 games in his maiden season at Ashton Gate.
5. 2009/10 proved to be Maynard’s best goal scoring season to date, netting 21 times in 45 appearances and finishing another campaign in strong form with 10 goals in 10 for Bristol City.
6. In 2006 Maynard had his first run in with Wigan Athletic, scoring to make it 2-0 to Crewe in the League Cup at Gresty Road to seal their progression in the competition.
7. Another link with Wigan Athletic is that he played for Witton Albion in the 2005/06 season in the Northern Premier League (then Unibond Premier League) , a competition which Latics won twice in the 1970s prior to their election to the Football League.
8. In 2011/12 the striker moved to West Ham United in the January transfer window, he went on to score three goals for the Hammers that season, one of which came in the Championship play-off semi-final against his future club Cardiff City.
9. He moved to Cardiff in August 2012, but struggled to settle in suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury, however his return to action saw him score a last minute penalty in the thrilling final game of 2012/13 which saw both Cardiff and Hull City promoted to the Premier League following a 2-2 draw.
10. The 27-year-old has so far scored 87 career goals, 49 of them at home and 38 of them away from home, showing that he’s comfortable in front of goal wherever it may be.