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OFFICIAL: Wigan sign Egypt-eligible Sam Morsy
Egypt-eligible midfielder Sam Morsy has completed his move from Chesterfield to English League One rivals Wigan Athletic on Thursday.
The 2012–13 FA Cup winners agreed an £250,000 fee for the 24-year-old and the player has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year contract that will keep him at the DW Staduim until 2018.
Sam Morsy, who is eligible to represent Egypt, spent three seasons at Port Vale before joining Chesterfield, helping them earn promotion to the English League One on his debut season.
The Wolverhampton-born, who would have been a free agent at the end of the season, scored eight goals in 117 appearances for the Spireites since joining them in 2013.
“We tried our best to keep Sam but he was determined to move on so there was not a great we could do about it,” Chesterfield manager Danny Wilson said.
“We then had to do the best deal we possibly could for the club and that is what we have done. Sam has done very well for Chesterfield and he leaves with our best wishes for the future,” The Englishman added.
Latics manager Gary Caldwell also expressed his delight in signing Morsy alongside English winger Colclough : “They are players we have been keeping a close eye on so to be able to get both over the line now is a major boost for us,” he told Wigan Athletic’s official website.
“We saw their talent first hand in matches this season and they both were stand out players in matches against Chesterfield and Crewe respectively.
“They are exactly the type of players we want at Wigan Athletic, young and hungry, but with plenty of experience at this level at the same time as having the ability to progress and play in a higher division. Hopefully of course, that will be with us.
“Sam is an aggressive, talented central midfielder, a leader on and off the park, while Ryan is a young talent who has the ability to get people off their seat.”
Morsy will wear the number 50 shirt and could make his debut for the Latics next Saturday January 30, when Wigan face his former club Port Vale on the DW Stadium.
Wigan Athletic are currently fourth in the English League One with 48 points from 28 games and will set to win promotion back to the Championship after getting relegated last season.