Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Friday August 14 2009
Wigan Athletic have completed the signing of centre-half Antonio Amaya on a 3 year deal from Spanish 2nd Division club Rayo Vallecano
The 26 year old defender completed formalities today and Roberto Martinez say`s he is delighted to have him on board, in the press release from the Latics Martinez say`s: "Antonio is someone I have admired from a distance for a long time and I am very happy we have convinced him to come to us."
"He is a really powerful lad, technically excellent, with good pace and he will fit in well to our system. I have no doubts about him adjusting to English football.
"Antonio is a quality player, with an excellent mix of experience and professionalism and he is enthusiastic about joining the club.
"He has been the captain of his club for three years, which shows you his leadership qualities. He will add great competition to our squad and I know that he is desperate to play for Wigan Athletic and is hungry to have success here."
At 6`4" the big defender will have the physical attributes to do well and he is certainly up for the task, Amaya say`s : "To play in England is a big dream for me and I am honoured that Wigan have chosen me.
"I want to do everything I can to show Roberto Martinez and the people of Wigan they have made a good choice.
"I just need to be totally focused now on trying to earn a place in what is a very talented and competitive squad and try and make a good impression to my new team mates, the manager and the supporters of my new club."
Welcome on board Antonio
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Date:Friday August 14 2009
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