Martinez delighted with new deals

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Roberto Martinez has revealed his delight after Wigan Athletic trio James McCarthy, Ben Watson and Emmerson Boyce all signed new long-term deals with the club.

Republic of Ireland international McCarthy has signed a five-year deal, while Watson, who scored the clubs first goal of the new season, has penned a three-year deal.

Boyce, who is closing in on becoming the clubs record appearance maker, has expended his deal by two years, and Martinez is thrilled to have the trio signed up.

"Having players commit their long-term futures provides the platform we need to build from," Martinez said.

"In any transfer window, all we often hear about are possible new arrivals and targets coming out of the blue and we can sometimes forget the importance of keeping a really competitive core of players at the club, players who know what it means to play for Wigan Athletic, who have daily standards and the level of performance to make them deserve being rewarded.


"We have been talking to several of our players and we are delighted to announce these first three, with hopefully more to come very soon."

Rumours of the future of McCarthy have been rife this summer, with Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly prowling, and Martinez says the 20-year-old can learn a lot from an extended stay at the DW Stadium.

"James is a young man with a very big future in the game, and it speaks volumes that he has chose Wigan to carry on his football education," Martinez added. "We are proud to have him as a Wigan Athletic player."

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