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SIGNED | Wrexham sign James McClean from Wigan Athletic

Versatile Republic of Ireland international signs until end of season

4 August 2023

Wrexham AFC are delighted to confirm the signing of Republic of Ireland international James McClean for an undisclosed fee from Wigan Athletic.

Versatile midfielder McClean, 34, who this summer earned his 100th international cap, has signed a one-season contract at the STōK Cae Ras, with the option of an extension.

The Irishman will link up with the squad next week, and will not be available for Saturday’s match against MK Dons.

On signing, he said: “I’m absolutely delighted to sign for Wrexham. It’s a project that is very exciting and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.

“The Club has ambitions to go even further, and I’m a very ambitious person. I’m someone who is driven and I want to be a part of that journey.”

The Derry-born wide man started his career with Institute and then spent three years with Derry City before making his move into English football with Sunderland in 2011.


After two seasons in the top flight, he moved to Wigan in 2013 – spending two seasons with The Latics – before returning to the top flight when he joined West Bromwich Albion in 2015.

He made more than 100 appearances across three seasons with the Baggies, before a three-year spell with Stoke City, and then returned to Wigan in 2021.

He helped them to promotion from EFL League One in his first season, and then was an ever-present in the EFL Championship in the 2022/23 campaign.

His two-year second spell with Wigan took him beyond 550 domestic career appearances – scoring 69 goals – while he has netted 11 times in his 100 international appearances too.

On his signing, Wrexham AFC manager Phil Parkinson said: “I’m really pleased with the signing of someone with the calibre of James.

“As I said in the summer, it’s about being patient and getting the players in who can be strong additions to our squad moving forward.”

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