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Having arrived from Tranmere Rovers, where he had progressed through the youth ranks and suffered two relegations, Max Power’s addition at Wigan Athletic raised eyebrows over the summer as to what the young midfielder could bring to Latics’ promotion bid as they aimed to get back to the Championship at the first attempt.
However, any sceptics were quietened within a couple of months as Power became an integral part of Gary Caldwell’s midfield.
Alongside David Perkins, Power’s energy, range of passing and creativity made him a vital cog in Latics’ attacking football and the six goals he scored were valuable.
All-but-one of Power’s six strikes came from outside the area and his eye for a spectacular goal was evident as the campaign progressed with his goals against Oldham Athletic, Chesterfield and Swindon Town all ‘Goal of the Season’ contenders.
Power was runner-up in the club’s Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Year awards but did win the Community Trust’s Player of the Year accolade to cap off a successful debut campaign.
The midfielder signed a contract extension on Wednesday 3 August until 2019.
CAREER SO FAR
Power was born on 27 July 1993 in Birkenhead, Merseyside, progressing through the youth ranks at his local side Tranmere Rovers, after joining the Wirral-based club at the age of eight.
The midfielder earned his first professional start on 10 September 2011 in a 2-0 defeat away to Huddersfield Town.
After a handful of appearances in the 2011/12 season, Power began to feature more in 2012/13, playing 27 times in League One. He scored three goals, the first of which was the winning strike against Crewe Alexandra on Boxing Day 2012.
The 2013/14 season saw Power make a further 33 League One appearances, taking his overall experience at that level to over 60 matches.
In 2014/15 Power featured 53 times, scoring 13 goals ending the campaign as Tranmere’s top goal scorer in all competitions.