Wigan Athletic are delighted to announce that James Tavernier has signed for the club for an undisclosed fee from Newcastle United.
The in-demand 22-year-old right-sided defender passed a medical at the DW Stadium on Friday and put pen to paper on a three-year deal until the summer of 2017 today (Saturday).
Bradford-born Tavernier spent the second-half of last season on loan at Rotherham United, winning promotion via the Play-Offs of Sky Bet League One for the South Yorkshire outfit and Latics manager Uwe Rosler is delighted to have made another quality addition to the squad.
“James is a player I have been tracking for a long time, dating back to my days at Brentford,” he explained.
“He proved last season what great potential he has by being part of a very successful Rotherham side throughout the season and also in the play-offs.
“He will bring great competition on that side of the field, he is still learning and, at just 22, I feel that we can provide the right sort of environment for him to grow and develop into a really important player for this club.”
Tavernier came through the ranks at Leeds United’s Academy before moving to St. James’ Park at the age of 17. He made just 11 appearances for the Magpies, including four UEFA Europa League appearances, whilst furthering his Football League experience during loan spells with Carlisle United, Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons and Shrewsbury Town, before joining Rotherham in November 2013.
He spent a very fruitful seven months in Yorkshire, helping the Millers win promotion to the Sky Bet Championship via the play-offs in the 2013-14 campaign, making 31 appearances in total, scoring five goals, including a double in a 2-1 home win over Bristol City.