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Last Updated: Friday, 27 October 2006, 13:36 GMT 14:36 UK
Permanent Wigan deal for Kirkland
Chris Kirkland
Kirkland joined Liverpool from Coventry for 6m in 2001
Wigan have signed goalkeeper Chris Kirkland on a permanent deal from Liverpool until 2009.

Kirkland, 25, initially joined the Latics on a six-month loan deal in the summer and has been ever-present for the Premiership outfit this season.

Wigan boss Paul Jewell said: "It was always our intention to make the deal permanent. It's great news that we've got it all sorted so quickly."

Kirkland joined Liverpool for 6m from Coventry in 2001.

But he fell down the pecking order because of injury and spent last season on loan at West Brom.

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Kirkland, who made his international debut in England's 4-0 win over Greece in August, said of his move: "I'm really pleased that my future is now sorted.

"It's been great since joining Wigan, we have a tremendous set of lads and the gaffer has been different class.

"This is an ambitious club that is going places and I'm delighted that I'll be part of that."

Jewell is delighted with the quality of goalkeepers he now has at the JJB Stadium.

He said: "I'm blessed with three excellent keepers in Kirky, Mike Pollitt and John Filan, who's currently on loan at Doncaster. The competition is fierce and that's how I like it."



SEE ALSO
Wigan clinch Kirkland loan deal
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Kirkland agrees to join West Brom
30 Jun 05 |  West Bromwich Albion


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