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Kirkland signs for another 4 years

Wigan Athletic and England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland signed on for another 4 years at the JJB today and made Latics boss Steve Bruce a very happy man

Bruce said that he was delighted with the former Liverpool and Coventry City keeper extending his contract and said that it is a massive boost for the club.

Bruce said:

'Everyone knows what a professional Chris is. I knew Chris was a good goalkeeper before I joined but until I had worked with him I didn't realize just how good he actually is.

'When I joined the club we were shipping on average over two goals a game, and no matter how good your strikers are, it is virtually impossible to score three goals in this league to win every game.

'So it is no coincidence that Chris' run of clean sheets and the good form of the team defensively meant that we picked up 31 points in about the last 30 games to secure our status with a game to go.

'People ask me about transfer targets and who is coming in, but someone of Kirky's calibre signing this new deal is a massive boost for the club and is an excellent foundation to continue building for next season.'

Kirkland himself was over the moon to extend his stay and show some loyalty to the club that gave him a chance to get his career back on track, he said:

"My agent knew I wanted to stay and that I was happy"

"The club took a chance on me two years ago when nobody else would after I`d had a lot of injuries - I wanted to repay them for that.

"Paul Jewell brought me here so I`m very grateful to him and the chairman. Steve Bruce has come here and he says he believes in me and to go out and prove that.

"That`s why I wanted to stay - that was the natural thing to do."

Great news for the club and hopefully the first of many quality signings this summer

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Writer: worbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 21 2008

Time: 5:38PM

Your Comments

You need him coz you aint got no one else
redandwhitestripemad
Nice one Kirkie a good pieve of news for us Latics fans
worbo
Great news for you!
Fan of Blues
we need him coz hes the best engish keeper, redandwhitestripemad
worbo
Yeah he is a good keeper but if he is the best englishman then why doesnt he play for England?
redandwhitestripemad
He does
worbo
but will he stay fit for 4 years?
merlin
^ maybe?
Paulinho
Must be due another injury.......
Tiny T
You have to agree this goal keeper is 1 of the best goal keepers out there. People might say he's due another injury but i think he was injured once this year. Next year will just be the same. It shows you he is 1 of the best because i will tell you what clubs where in for him; Manchester United Arsernal Chelsea Liverpool wanted him back Newcastle United Tottenham Aston Vill Man City I even heard Porto where after him He must be good
Jonni_G
 

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