McARTHUR EXTENDS WIGAN STAY
Wigan midfielder James McArthur has signed a two-year contract extension which will keep him at the DW Stadium until 2016.
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The Scotland international enjoyed an improved second season with the club, linking up well with James McCarthy in central midfield, and played a key part in the Latics' top-flight survival.
"I'm delighted to extend my stay at the club after what has been a fantastic season for Wigan and for me personally," said the 24-year-old.
Manager Roberto Martinez, whose own future remains unclear after he was given permission to speak to Liverpool about succeeding Kenny Dalglish at Anfield, paid tribute to the progress McArthur has made.
"James has grown since the day he arrived at Wigan," said the Spaniard.
"His attitude, desire and daily standards make him an example for any young professional footballer.
"This season he has managed to put all the hard work in the training ground into effective performances on the pitch, helping the team to achieve outstanding results against the best sides in European football.
"We are all very proud of James at this moment but still very aware that at his age the best footballing years are still to come."