Wigan have finally signed Polish teenager Tomasz Cywka, four months after he agreed to join the club.
The 18-year-old midfielder impressed Latics boss Paul Jewell following a two-week trial in March, but had to return home to finish his schooling.
After flying in to sign a three-year deal from Gwarek Zabrze, Cywka jetted back to Poland to take part in the European Under-19 Championships.
Jewell said: "I am delighted Tomasz is a Wigan player at last."
He added: "The lad has a real chance to make it in the game, I think he has all the attributes to become a very good player as he has a great touch, vision and pace.
"Now he needs to adapt to the English game and make all that potential come good."
Cywka, who joined for an undisclosed fee, had been linked with Bayern Munich and recently became the second youngest player in Poland's history to be capped at under-21 level.
I have come to England to learn - I want to be the best I can
He said: "Paul Jewell and Wigan pushed harder than any other club to sign me.
"I am very grateful to them for giving me this chance and I really hope I can repay the faith they have shown in me.
"This is a very ambitious club and how the team performed last year was fantastic."
Cywka, who has been learning English for the past five years, added: "How quickly I can make it into the first-team squad we will see, but I have come to England to learn and improve as a player and I will always be trying my best, that I can promise. I want to be the best I can."