Updated: Tuesday, 16th September 2014 @ 8:06am

Scotland midfielder James McArthur agrees two-year contract extension with Wigan Athletic after 'fantastic season'

Scotland midfielder James McArthur agrees two-year contract extension with Wigan Athletic after 'fantastic season'

By Dean Wilkins

Wigan Athletic’s James McArthur is committing to the club after signing a new contract until 2016.

The midfielder has had an impressive season, making 18 starts in 31 Premier League appearances, and has formed a strong partnership with James McCarthy.

The Scottish international extended his current contract by two years after joining from Hamilton Academy in 2010.

McArthur said: "I'm delighted to extend my stay at the Club after what has been a fantastic season for Wigan Athletic and for me personally."

His goals against Tottenham Hotspur, Bolton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion earned his team four crucial points as they battled relegation.

The Latics eventually secured their place in an eighth consecutive Premier League season and have seen manager Roberto Martinez become the favourite to takeover at struggling Liverpool.

But the manager showed his delight at securing the future of his midfielder: "James has grown since the day he arrived at Wigan Athletic.
"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 still to come."

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