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Wigan Athletic manager Malky Mackay delighted with Billy McKay signing

30 January 2015

Wigan Athletic boss Malky Mackay has expressed his delight at the signing of Northern Ireland international Billy McKay from Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The 26-year-old striker, who has scored 10 goals for the Scottish Premiership side this term, moves to the DW Stadium on a long-term deal.

McKay becomes Latics' second permanent signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of Jason Pearce from Leeds earlier on Friday.

"We've been looking at Billy for some time," Wigan manager Malky Mackay told the club's official website.

"He lives to score and his record over the past two seasons speaks for itself, where he's scored a lot of goals and been deadly for Inverness.

"He can't wait to begin the next part of his career and we are delighted to bring him on board, we feel he has the potential to make a great impact at Wigan Athletic, he's a player who comes alive in the box, a sniffer around the opposition goal and certainly a type of player we feel can do well with us."

On the signing of Pearce, Mackay added: "I'm delighted that he has agreed to join us.

 "He's someone we've been tracking for a while, a really powerful centre-half, a leader and a warrior on the pitch, who has captained every club he has played at, and is exactly the type of player I want at the club.

"He's hungry to play and will hopefully quickly become a fan's favourite for the example he sets on the pitch. We've spoken to a lot of people about him and every single reference has come back positively, in that he is the right character we are seeking, someone who takes responsibility on the pitch and energises those around him."

Pearce came through the youth ranks at Portsmouth before moving to Bournemouth in 2007. After spending four years with the Cherries, he returned to Portsmouth before moving to Leeds in 2012.

"He's built up considerable experience now and knows this league inside out and we're delighted we've managed to get him.

"When we found out he might be available we immediately did all we could to get him because he's a player who can play a major role in taking the club forwards."

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