Manager Roberto Martinez lavished praise on Wigan Athletic’s Scottish star Shaun Maloney, after the midfielder signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal with the club today.
Maloney, who joined the Latics from Celtic for a reported £850,000 in August 2011, has put pen to paper on a new deal to keep him at the club until 2015.
Martinez described the 29-year-old as a role-model for others at the club because of his professional attitude.
“We’re delighted Shaun has committed his future to the club,” he said.
“From the first day he arrived his professionalism and determination to succeed has been outstanding and an example for the younger members of the group to follow.
“Shaun is one of the most technically gifted British players that you will find, but on top of his style and footballing flair his work-rate and purpose in his performances make him a key member of our future at Wigan Athletic.”
Scotland international Maloney struggled to get first team games upon joining, but he broke into the starting line-up in March last year and has not looked back.
His curling strike against Manchester United on 11 April not only helped swing the title race back into Manchester City’s favour, but also lifted Wigan out of the relegation zone.
He has continued in the same vein of form this year, with five assists and two goals – against Stoke City and Norwich City – in 20 Premier League matches.
The former-Aston Villa man also boasts 24 Scotland caps and scored his solitary international goal in the Faroe Islands in 2007.