Kirkland signs Wigan deal
By Mark Buckingham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Wigan Athletic have finalised the permanent signing of Chris Kirkland from Liverpool.
Kirkland originally joined The Latics on loan over the summer with the intention of signing a long-term contract once he had proved his fitness.
The England cap has now secured a deal until 2009 at The JJB Stadium and is delighted to be staying with Paul Jewell's side.
"I'm really pleased that my future is now sorted," Kirkland told the club's official website.
"It's been great since joining Wigan, we have a tremendous set of lads and the gaffer has been different class.
"This is an ambitious club that is going places and I'm delighted that I'll be part of that.
"I'm enjoying my football at the moment and not setting any goals other than playing well for Wigan, staying in the team and doing my best for the gaffer and the lads."
During five years at Anfield, Kirkland was restricted to just 45 appearances as injuries hampered his progress.
He quickly established himself as Wigan's number one upon his arrival at the club and Jewell was overjoyed to complete the keeper's permanent signing.
Jewell said: "Chris is a world-class keeper and a smashing pro.
"It was always our intention to make the deal permanent and it's great news that we've got it all sorted so quickly.
"His calibre has never been in question and he's been brilliant for us since he's arrived."