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Wigan Athletic have completed the signing of defender Stephen Crainey on a free transfer.

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Stephen Crainey: Spent a long spell at Blackpool

Stephen Crainey: Spent a long spell at Blackpool

Sky Sports sources revealed earlier on Friday that the Scottish full-back was having a medical with Wigan, and he has joined the Latics on a one-year deal.

Crainey left Blackpool after a six-year spell and is relishing the challenge of battling for promotion back to the Premier League and competing in the Europa League with the FA Cup winners.

"It's a big challenge for me personally, but after six good years at Blackpool I felt it was time for a new challenge at this stage of my career and I'm delighted for that to be at Wigan Athletic," he said.

"The Championship is a gruelling division, with tough games every week, but that and the chance to play European football, is a challenge I'm really looking forward to.

"I've played against Wigan Athletic on a few occasions so I know how much the fans back their team and I'm sure they'll do the same this season which is what we need to produce the performances on the pitch."

Crainey has become Owen Coyle's second signing as Wigan boss after midfielder Chris McCann agreed to link up with the Latics earlier in the week.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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