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Friendly advice from James McClean persuaded Jack Byrne to join Wigan

The Ireland U21 international signed for the Latics on Deadline Day on a three-and-a-half year deal.

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IRELAND U21 INTERNATIONAL Jack Byrne has revealed that some advice from James McClean helped persuade him to join Wigan.

Byrne departed Man City for the Latics earlier this week on a permanent deal, having failed to make a first-team breakthrough at the Etihad.

At Man City since he was 15, Byrne impressed in a loan stint with SC Cambuur in Holland last season, though struggled for game time, featuring just four times in the league, in a more recent temporary deal that saw him link up with Championship side Blackburn.

“I moved over to Manchester City when I was only 15 and I enjoyed a loan spell over in Holland the year before last. I went to Blackburn Rovers earlier this season now but I’m here now and I’m happy,” he told Wigan’s official website.
I know (former Wigan player) James McClean very well and I spoke to him before coming here. He couldn’t speak highly enough of the club and he gave me a good feel when I spoke to him.”

Byrne also cited manager Warren Joyce as being key to his decision.

It’s been a long day but I’m delighted to get it over the line and I’m looking forward to getting started under Warren.

“He played a huge part in me joining this club. His record at Manchester United speaks for itself and when I spoke to him I got a really good feel for the club.”

Of his previous difficulties in the Championship, Byrne added: “I would have liked to have played a little bit more at Blackburn but circumstances didn’t allow that. I’m looking forward to kicking on with Wigan now though.”

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