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WIGAN ATHLETIC PLAYER PROFILES

MARC-ANTOINE FORTUNE
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UPDATED 06:56 7th July 2013

Marc-Antoine Fortune was Owen Coyle's sixth signing for Latics having joined the club on a free transfer on 5 July 2013.

The former West Bromwich Albion and Celtic forward made a goal scoring non-competitive debut for the club when he added Latics' second goal in the 2-1 victory against Columbus Crew during the club's first ever visit to the United States.

Born in French Guiana, on the north coast of South America, Fortune began his career with French club Angouleme in 1998, scoring 20 times over four seasons in the lower divisions.

His form during the 2001/2002 season earned him a move to Ligue 1 side Lille where he played for two years, scoring 10 times before securing a move to Stade Brest in 2004.

Over the next five years Fortune played for FC Utrecht in the Netherlands and Nancy back in France before making his way across the channel to England on loan at West Brom in 2009.

His initial loan spell was a success, scoring on his debut in a 3-0 victory against Middlesbrough and adding to his tally with braces against Newcastle United and also against Latics, with all of his five goals coming at the Hawthorns.

Fortune sealed a permanent move to the United Kingdom at the end of the 2008/09 season when he joined Scottish Premier League giants Celtic, where he would join his now team mates Shaun Maloney and Gary Caldwell.

The formidable six foot forward gained experience in both the Champions League and Europa League, with two goals against Rapid Vienna in the latter.

He ended the season with 10 SPL goals but by the start of the 2010/11 campaign he was back in the Midlands with West Brom, this time on a permanent basis.

Over the next three seasons Fortune scored six times including another against Latics as he earned the Baggies a 2-2 draw at home in February 2011.

His final two games for the club were full of excitement as he scored in a 3-0 victory against Southampton and was involved in the dramatic 5-5 draw with Manchester United on the final day of the season.

Watch Marc-Antoine Fortune's stunning strike in pre-season against Atromitos by [clicking here].

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