James McClean has re-joined his former club Wigan Athletic

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McClean has fallen out of favour at Stoke.

James McClean has signed for League One side Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee. The Republic of Ireland international, 32, had been told he could leave Stoke City and was training with the club’s Under-23 side.

James McClean linked with a return to Wigan.

McClean played for Wigan between 2013 and 2015 and was part of the Latics side who were relegated to League One. He was named Wigan’s player of the year for the 2014/15 season. After making 86 appearances, and scoring 10 goals, he left the club for West Bromwich Albion.

McClean donated five thousand pounds to a fund to save the club last year. He has signed a one-year deal with Wigan, who are currently 14th in League with four points from three games.

James McClean at Stoke.

McClean was voted Stoke’s player of the year by the club’s supporters for 2020 but fell out of favour under manager Michael O’Neill.

“James is part of the Under-23s and training with them,” the former Northern Ireland manager said.

“He’s available to other clubs but as yet no other clubs have taken up that option as far as I understand.”

McClean played for Ireland in March against the wishes of his club manager, who felt he was not fully fit yet after returning from injury.

Ahead of the current season, he lost his number 11 number and was demoted to the team’s Under-23 side.

However, McClean’s return to Wigan represents a new chapter in his career.

The winger received a great reception from Wigan fans at the DW Stadium on Tuesday night ahead of the team’s 1-1 draw against Wycombe Wanderers.

(Originally published on August 17, 2021).

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