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McManaman joins Albion


14:11 28th January 2015

New signing confirmed

ALBION have completed the signing of Callum McManaman from Wigan for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old FA Cup winner has put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year contract, with a 12 month option, after agreeing personal terms and completing a medical at the club's training ground on Wednesday morning.

McManaman, who will wear the No.19 shirt, becomes Tony Pulis’ first signing since taking charge at The Hawthorns earlier this month.

And Albion’s head coach has welcomed the versatile winger to his ranks.

“I’m delighted we’ve got Callum and I believe he will be an exciting addition to our numbers,” said Pulis.

“Callum is a player who can improve our options and I am really looking forward to working with him.”

McManaman cannot wait to get his teeth into Premier League football again.

"I'm really made up to have joined," said McManaman. 

"When the chance came to move to West Bromwich Albion, and return to the Premier League, I couldn't turn it down.

"This is a great move for me and I hope the Albion fans will get to see the best of me. 

"Albion are a great club, with a good tradition. I can't wait to get going."

McManaman started his early career at Everton before joining Wigan as a youngster in 2007.

It was with Latics that he made his breakthrough, enjoying his first-team debut in 2009.

A three-month loan spell with Blackpool followed in the first half of the 2011/12 season. But it was the following campaign in which he really made his mark for Wigan.

McManaman registered 30 appearances for the Lancashire club, scoring six goals in total and three in the FA Cup, including one in the club’s semi-final success at Wembley as Wigan reached the final of the prestigious competition for the first time in their history.

It was in the 2013 showpiece that the Merseyside-born midfielder put in a man of the match performance to help inspire Latics to a famous 1-0 victory over Manchester City.  

McManaman went on to make a further 44 appearances last season, finding the net four times, as Wigan’s bid for an immediate return to the Barclays Premier League was foiled in the Championship play-off semi-finals.

He has continued his scoring form this term, netting five goals in 23 outings over the first half of the campaign.

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