Wigan have completed the signing of Sunderland winger James McClean on a three year deal. It has been expected for sometime that the Irishman would leave the club, always looking surplus to requirements under Paolo Di Canio.
McClean signed for the club in the summer of 2011, but didn't break onto the scene until the very first game of Martin O'Neill's regime, when the former Derry City man came off the bench to produce a game-changing performance at home to Blackburn. He was a regular starter from that point, having a superb first season, and picking up the club's Young Player of the Year award.
However, McClean's performances sunk dramatically during his second campaign in a Sunderland shirt, and he soon became better known for his off-field antics than for what he did on the pitch. He found himself out of the team, and never convinced his new manager Di Canio that he could be part of the clubs future.
Despite a poor 2012-13, McClean is still a talented player and, if used correctly by Owen Coyle, he could prove to be a bargain for Wigan. He is the Latics 10th signing of the transfer window so far, as they look to bounce back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.