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Last Updated: Monday, 4 June 2007, 18:15 GMT 19:15 UK
Wigan sign Bramble and Sibierski
Titus Bramble and Antoine Sibierski
Bramble and Sibierski are Wigan boss Chris Hutchings' first signings
Wigan have completed the double signing of Newcastle defender Titus Bramble and forward Antoine Sibierski.

Bramble, 25, who was released by new Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce at the end of the season, joins on a free transfer after signing a three-year contract.

Sibierski, 32, also arrives at the JJB Stadium on a free transfer, though the Frenchman has agreed a two-year deal.

Bramble and Sibierski are the first signings for new Wigan boss Chris Hutchings, who succeeded Paul Jewell.

Bramble was regarded as one of the country's brightest prospects during his time with Ipswich and earned 12 England Under-21 caps between 2000 and 2002.

He spent five years on Tyneside after a 5m move to the north-east in 2002 and made 105 appearances for the Magpies.

"This is an excellent signing and he'll add experience to the back four," Hutchings said of the 25-year-old, who started his career at Ipswich.

"Other clubs were very interested and it speaks volumes for us as a club that he has chosen to come here."

However, he was told his contract would not be renewed upon Allardyce's arrival at St James' Park in May.

"He's got a point to prove, I want to make him better and hopefully with the players we bring in he'll become a better player," said Hutchings.

Sibierski has made 118 appearances in the Premiership and previously played for Lens, Nantes, Auxerre and Lille.

Newcastle had offered the Frenchman a one-year deal, but Sibierski had been keen to gain a two-year contract.

"Antoine is a player I've admired a lot ever since he came to England," said Hutchings.

"He's strong and committed and will give everything to the cause.

"He's a player who can fill a number of different positions, in midfield or as a striker and I'm delighted to be able to add him to the squad."

Sibierski said: "I am delighted to have my future sorted.

"The manager impressed me hugely and this is clearly a very ambitious club. I can't wait to get started."



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