We wrote yesterday that Newcastle had agreed a fee with Wigan for the sale of 22 year-old right back James Tavernier, and that deal has now been completed and James is a Wigan Athletic player.
James Tavernier – in action against Manchester United
Tavernier had shown some excellent form last season while on loan at Rotherham United, who also wanted to sign him, and we had hoped he would at least he would be given a chance in pre-season, as one of our best young players.
But it’s not to be and the player who had one year left on his contract at Newcastle had this to say on Wigan’s official website.:
“It has been a long summer and I’ve been waiting a long time to finalize the deal.” “Now that it has been completed, I’m delighted.”
“Wigan Athletic are a Premier League club and I’ve always known them to be a Premier League club and hopefully I can help get us back to where we belong.”
It’s a good move for the Bradford-born full-back who came through our Youth Academy and played 11 times for the first team, and it was apparently his first choice.
James is the second young player to leave Newcastle this summer, after Conor Newton joined Rotherham United a couple of weeks ago, and we expect a lot more players to leave the club this summer.
Wigan is a great little club, and under manager Uwe Rosler they came on strongly last season to finish 5th top of the Championship, but were (unlucky and) beaten in the play-offs by QPR, who eventually won promotion.
We wish James Tavernier all the very best in his future football career and he’s got everything it takes to be successful.
Written from Ipswich, England.