Date:Monday July 4 2011
Ali Al-Habsi is a blue, having signed on the dotted line on a four year contract this afternoon the Oman international is officially a Wigan Athletic player.
Official press release sent to Vital Wigan from the Latics:
ALI`S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
Player of The Season Ali Al Habsi signs long-term deal for Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic can confirm that last season`s Player of The Year Ali Al Habsi has signed on a permanent transfer from Bolton Wanderers, for an undisclosed fee.
The Omani international goalkeeper proved to be a big success whilst on a season-long loan at the DW Stadium in 2009-2010 and after a fee was agreed between the clubs last week, Al Habsi has returned from holiday to undergo a medical and put pen to paper on a four year contract.
The 29 year old played 34 times for Latics in the Barclays Premier League last season, making his debut in the victory at Tottenham Hotspur in August, and then going on to help the team register the fewest number of defeats in the club`s Premier League history, just 14. In all, he kept eight clean sheets, including the vital one in the final game at Stoke City. He also made a further five appearances in cup competitions.
Manager Roberto Martinez said: "We are delighted to announce the best possible news for Wigan Athletic in securing Ali permanently.
"During his loan at our football club last season, Ali brought a great degree of professionalism in his daily work and put in many outstanding performances in the Premier League.
"Goalkeeping is a very specific position and we are very pleased that we are going to be very strong in this department going into the new season.
"Being voted Player of The Season reflects the huge impression that Ali had on the pitch but also the feeling of the supporters towards him.
"After making it really clear that he wanted to play for Wigan Athletic moving forwards we`ve done everything possible to make this happen.
"The Chairman and everyone at the football club are delighted that Ali will be staying and I`m sure every single Latics fan will feel extremely proud and be able to enjoy a great day after hearing this news."
Ali Al-Habsi joined Bolton in 2006 but made just 10 league appearances in that time.
He said: "I am very happy. I want to thank everyone at Bolton for helping me get established in this country but I need to be playing first team football, and hopefully, if I can stay fit and keep doing my best, I will get the chance again at Wigan.
"I think the gaffer is building a really exciting young team here and I am thrilled that I can be a part of that again. I am so grateful that the gaffer gave me the chance to prove what I can do and now I want to repay him, and the Wigan fans, for making me so welcome last season."
A very happy Ali
By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
Vital Wigan player of the season
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Date:Monday July 4 2011
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