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NICKY MAYNARD JOINS LATICS

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16:00 16th January 2014

by Latics Staff

Cardiff striker agrees loan move until end of season

Wigan Athletic are delighted to confirm the signing of Cardiff City striker Nicky Maynard on a loan deal until the end of the season, after the player completed a medical earlier today.

The 27-year-old becomes Uwe Rosler’s second signing since becoming Wigan Athletic manager, following the arrival of Tyias Browning from Everton last week, and will wear the number 29 shirt for the remainder of the campaign.

Rosler is delighted to be adding more firepower to his attack, saying:

“Nicky is at the stage of his career where he wants to play regular football again after his injury last season. He wants to prove a point to himself and also to the people.

“That’s a perfect scenario for us; it matches our ambitions. We want to prove a point, we want to go up, we want to into the play offs and I think we can give him the platform to perform again.

“I will be patient with him because he has not played in a while. But, he’s fit, and he’s ready to go.”

Maynard signed for Cardiff in August 2012, at the beginning of their promotion-winning season from the Championship, but suffered an injury shortly afterward that would rule him out for the campaign.

So far this season the forward has made ten appearances in all competitions, eight of which in the Premier League, and has scored one goal against Accrington Stanley in the Capital One Cup.

Maynard began his career at Crewe Alexandra progressing through the club’s famous academy and going on to make 59 league appearances between 2005 and 2008, finding the back of the net on 32 occasions before moving to Bristol City.

He would make 124 league appearances for the Robins in four years at Ashton Gate, scoring 45 times, including the 2009 Football League Goal of the Year – a stunning, acrobatic volley from the edge of the area after plucking the ball from the air and beating two defenders.

His performances and goal tally for the Championship side led to a move to Upton Park with West Ham United in January 2012, scoring three goals for the Hammers towards the end of their promotion-winning season, including one against future club Cardiff in the play off semi-final second leg.

After six months at West Ham Maynard made the move to Cardiff at the beginning of last season and to date has made 12 league appearances for his parent club.

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