Young Wigan Athletic defender Adam Long has committed his future to the club by putting pen to paper on a new contract which takes him up to 2023.
The 20-year-old has already featured 17 times this season, playing an increasingly important role in the Latics’ bid for League One survival. As it stands, they sit 22nd, two points away from safety.
Long, who was unfortunate to suffer an injury last weekend against Rochdale, will feel a growing responsibility within the backline as they look to avoid the dreaded drop.
Long Signs New Wigan Contract
✍️ We are pleased to announce defender @Adam5Long has signed a new contract with Wigan Athletic.
Long has featured on 17 occasions for Latics this season and has committed his future to the club until the summer of 2023.#wafc 🔵⚪️
— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) January 26, 2021
Gregor Rioch Has His Say on the News
Speaking to the club website, head coach Gregor Rioch said: “We brought Adam over as a 16-year-old from the Isle of Man and we knew it would take him time to settle into the new environment.
“He is developing into a fine young man who is really maturing well as a person as well as a footballer.
“This new contract is an achievement both Adam and his parents can be really proud of – it is a reward for his hard work to get to the level he has.
“Adam benefitted from his loan spell at Notts County and he is certainly improving and developing with each match he plays in the first team.
“We’re really proud of Adam’s progress; he knows this is just the start and that he needs to continue to show the commitment and dedication that has got him this far.”
The news will delight Wigan fans across the country who have otherwise endured a torrid time as of late. As we enter the second half of the season, however, the hope will be for better times ahead and, with that, the avoidance of relegation.
Securing Long to a new contract is certainly a step in the right direction.
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