JAMES McClean tonight revealed that he has left Sunderland to join FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic – and he could make his debut at Wembley!
The Republic of Ireland winger tweeted his delight at penning a contract with Owen Coyle’s side, after Wigan chairman Dave Whelan confirmed that a £2million fee had been agreed.
McClean enjoyed a fantastic start to his Sunderland career, making a massive impact as a substitute in former boss Martin O’Neill’s first match in charge against Blackburn in December, 2011, and he maintained that form for much of the rest of that season.
But last term was tougher for the former Derry City man, signed for £350,000, and he struggled to claim first-team starts on a regular basis.
Now, though, McClean is looking forward to a fresh start at Wigan, who opened their Championship campaign with an excellent 4-0 success at Barnsley last weekend and have a Europa League campaign to look forward to.
This Sunday, the Latics are at Wembley to take on Premier League champions Manchester United in the showpiece Community Shield clash.
McClean used his Twitter account to say: “Delighted to announce a signed with wigan! Excited and looking forward to the new challenge ahead.
“A lot of great people at Sunderland football club esp the players great bunch that al miss had a great time despite few lows.”