Wigan Athletic are delighted to announce that Martyn Waghorn has signed a permanent deal with the club following his loan spell from Leicester City.
The 24 year old former England U21 forward, who has scored three goals and produced five goalscoring assists in nine league games since signing on loan on transfer deadline day, has put pen to paper on a three year deal until the summer of 2017.
Under Football League rules, ‘long term’ loans (i.e window to window) can be turned into permanent deals outside a transfer window and Latics manager Uwe Rosler has moved swiftly to tie up the deal before the summer, when Waghorn is out of contract with the current Championship leaders.
“Martyn has impressed us all since he arrived in January,” he said. “On the pitch, he has added something different, scoring and assisting crucial goals and he gives us another tremendous option from set pieces.
“Off the pitch he has a real professional attitude, he works hard and has fitted in perfectly to the dressing room.
“I am delighted we have been able to get a young English player with a proven track record on a free and I am sure he will keep helping us this season and become a real crowd favourite here at the DW.”
Waghorn made his debut at Huddersfield in early February and scored his first goal in the home win versus Barnsley. He also scored at Nottingham Forest and the winner against Watford. He produced crucial assists at Sheffield Wednesday, Brighton, Nottingham Forest and Bolton.
South Shields-born Waghorn began his career at Sunderland, before moving on loan to Leicester in the summer of 2009 before a £3 million permanent move was put in place a year later. He scored 20 goals in 102 appearances for the Foxes, half of those off the bench, but found himself out of the picture this season and spent some time on loan to Tuesday’s visitors to the DW, Millwall – in fact appearing against Latics in the game there in December.
He has also spent loan periods at Charlton Athletic and Hull City. He has five caps for England U21s.
Despite signing, he remains cup-tied after appearing for Leicester in this season’s FA Cup.