West Brom academy player Donervon Daniels has joined Wigan on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, as confirmed on the club’s official website.
The powerful centre-back spent time on loan at Blackpool and Aberdeen last season and makes the switch without appearing for the Baggies’ senior side.
Wigan manager Gary Caldwell spoke on what he thinks Daniels’ signing will add to his side.
“He’s a powerful defender with a good touch, who has been brought up through a great academy and has built up good experience on loan," he told the club website.
“He fits our profile exactly; young, hungry players who want to grow with this club."
Daniels' contract was due to expire this week and Wigan acted fast in securing his signature amidst competition for the former West Brom man. Caldwell touched on the competition for the youngster’s signing and is happy with the depth he will add to the squad.
“There were several clubs looking to sign him and we are delighted he has chosen us. He adds great competition in the defensive areas," he said.
The former West Brom academy player will be hoping to settle at the DW Stadium after failing to make an impact on the Baggies’ first team. Four loan spells away have led to his first permanent deal away from the Hawthorns and Caldwell will hope the defender can aid his team’s recovery after relegation from the Championship last season.
The loss of Rob Kiernan to Rangers has left a considerable void in the heart of Wigan's defence but Daniels arrival will help to soften the blow. Much more needs to be done however, if Wigan are to bounce straight back up next season.