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UPDATED 06:52 1st August 2016

Defender Jake Buxton joined Latics on Tuesday 26 July from fellow Sky Bet Championship side Derby County, making his first appearance for the club just hours after the confirmation of his arrival.

Buxton featured from the start in Latics' 1-0 victory over Oldham Athletic in pre-season, before a second appearance just three days later away to Fleetwood Town where Latics won 4-3 in their final friendly ahead of the 2016/17 season.


Buxton began his professional career at his local team Mansfield Town, making his debut as a 17-year-old as a late substitute against Crewe Alexandra on 22 October 2002.

His breakthrough season came two seasons later when he went on to make 33 appearances for the Stags in League Two.

Following Mansfield's relegation from the EFL in 2007/08 and after 174 appearances in all competitions, Buxton joined National League side Burton Albion for the 2008/09 campaign, a move which proved successful as he made 43 appearances on the road to promotion and the league title.

Such was the impressive nature of Buxton's season, the defender was also named the Brewers' Player of the Year.

In 2009/10 his former manager Nigel Clough recruited Buxton to Championship side Derby County, where he made 24 appearances in his first season.

Injury saw Buxton feature just once in 2010/11, before making a steady return to first team action in 2011/12, playing 23 times and scoring an iconic last-minute winner in the Ram's regional derby with Nottingham Forest.

Buxton made a total of 158 appearances during his seven years at the iPro Stadium, 52 of which came in the 2013/14 season as the defender proved to be a keystone in Derby's challenge for promotion to the Premier League, which ultimately saw the Rams miss out in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium against Queens Park Rangers.