James McClean took drop in wages to join Wigan Athletic

Martin Kelly and James McClean
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Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle reveals that winger James McClean took a salary cut to join the club from Sunderland.

Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle has revealed that winger James McClean took a drop in wages in order to move to the DW Stadium.

The Republic of Ireland international confirmed his move to the Latics from Sunderland yesterday in a reported £2m deal.

"He took a drop in salary to come, such was his desire to play football," BBC Sport quotes Coyle as saying. "That was fantastic to see in a young man. All too often in football, finance is the motivation for some players.

"To see a player prepared to come and take a step back because he believes it will eventually lead to two forward, it is great to have at your football club."

The 24-year-old failed to impress Black Cats manager Paolo Di Canio since the Italian's arrival during the closing stages of last season.

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