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POTY Nathan Byrne Signs New Wigan Athletic Contract

Wigan Athletic are delighted to confirm that Nathan Byrne has signed a new two-and-a-half year contract with the club, which will see him remain at the DW Stadium until the summer of 2021.

Byrne, 26, has featured 80 times in all competitions for Latics since signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer of 2016.

A star player under the management of Paul Cook and the current North West Football Awards League One Player of the Year, Byrne was named both the Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year in Latics’ record-breaking 2017-18 campaign and his manager is delighted to secure his long-term future.

“Nathan has been an important player for us in my time here and I am pleased that he can continue to progress with Wigan Athletic,” Cook said.

“He is a popular member of the dressing room and, equally so, a player that our supporters regard highly.”

2017-18 Double Player of the Year winner commits future to Latics, signing until the summer of 2021.

  • Nathan Byrne signs new Wigan Athletic contract
  • Byrne, 26, signs two-and-a-half-year deal which sees him commit his future to Latics until the summer of 2021
  • Paul Cook: “Nathan has been an important player for us in my time here and I am pleased that he can continue to progress with Wigan Athletic.”

Curzon Ashton Need to be Going For This Type Of Player In January

The transfer window always gets a lot of coverage for the big clubs, the world and their dog will know the latest big money moves in the Premiership, and with big clubs like Sunderland now in the lower leagues, there is attention there too.

However, it’s just as important for National League and non-league clubs. With football at this level hard to clamber out of, a bit of nouse in the transfer market is totally essential to success, and indeed, survival at this level.

Curzon Ashton have been very reliant of late on two types of players, and the same is true for a lot of teams at this level.

Type one is young players who are either on loan or released from other academies, we have a huge number at the moment from Oldham Athletic and some very young players on loan from Stoke.

Type two are players who have been playing at National League North and Northern Premier level for forever and a day.

Both of these have their advantages, young players tend to have plenty of pace, and those at the academies of bigger clubs will have had a huge amount of exceptional coaching, likely from their early teens. And those with plenty of experience in this level will understand how physical a game this can be at times, know the eccentricities of football at this level, Salford’s sloping pitch, huge crowds at FC United, and so on. Together it all sounds like a pretty good combination. However there is one sort of player Curzon doesn’t really have, and I’ll give you two words… Jon Parkin

I’m not suggesting Curzon sign Parkin, but that sort of player who has done the rounds in the less glamorous echelons of professional English Football (Parkin has played at the likes of Scunthorpe, Doncaster, Newport and so on) can be a huge asset. If you go and watch York City, you’ll notice Parkin looks like a member of the crowd’s dad has come on to play, however more importantly, touch, accuracy and vision is usually a step above most players at that level. They can also act as a leader for the younger players finding their feet in the game.

Players like this are hard to come by, you’re either retired or you’re not generally. But if you can grab one, they can be a huge asset to any team and if I was handling transfers and scouting at the Nash that is the sort of player I would be looking out for.

Target: Lowe Should Be Aiming to Strengthen This One Area in January

Bury are a team bang in form at the moment, and looking like a side that could be there or thereabouts come to the end of the season. Goalscoring doesn’t seem to be a problem with Ryan Lowe’s side banging 16 goals in so far in November in four games across the EFL, FA Cup and League games.

Furthermore, the form and growing influence in midfield of Danny Mayor is there for all to see. Lowe is really making the Shakers tick and if they can continue thier November form into the winter schedule, it will hold them in good stead for 2019 and a quick return to League One.

The Shakers currently only sit two points outside the League Two play-off places in tenth and with the right transfer activity planning in January, there is no reason what so ever why Bury can’t be occupying one of the promoted places in the business end of the season.

With that in mind, we take a look at what one position Ryan Lowe should be looking to strengthen in the January window…

MIDFIELD: Holding Midfielder

With the current team playing with creativity and free will scoring capabilities, Lowe would be mindful to ensure there is more than enough protection at the back.

A holding midfielder would provide the perfect balance for the Shakers, and further let the shackles loose for the rampant Shakers.

Bury Fans, do you agree?


Keith Hill Focusing On One Area is The Key To Dale Climbing League One

Rochdale are having a tough time of it in League One at the moment, currently sitting three places and three points above the relegation zone.

With only two wins in the last nine league games to boast, it’s no wonder Keith Hill’s side find themselves in the lower ebbs of the third tier of English Football.

Qualifying for the next rounds of the FA Cup and Checkatrade trophy has slightly improved spirits, but on the whole Dale fans are feeling frustrated. Despite many believing that this current crop of Rochdale players is the best, the club has had for a long time.

Having conceded 11 goals in nine league games since the start of October, alongside averaging one goal per game – there is one area that is glaringly obvious to improve if Hill wants to start getting his team moving upwards in League One.

A rotation of goalkeepers haven’t helped the situation, but the defence is something of a leaky bucket at present.

Hill has some emerging talent at his feet, but it’s far too early to be relying on the likes of Luke Matheson just yet, despite the promise and excitement. At the moment, Hill should be concentrating on his first team and possibly looking towards the January transfer window to strengthen and bolster, what is a very unstable backline.

Rochdale Fans do you agree?


Target: Bunn Should Be Aiming to Strengthen This One Area in January

Oldham Athletic are suffering an indifferent season in League Two so far. Bearing the brunt of fan’s frustration is manager Frankie Bunn, a former Oldham player and a man that is looking like it’s only a matter of time before his tenure at the club is over.

The Latics have lost four times across the eleven matches in all competitions throughout October and November, seeing them sit in mid-table in League Two, but through to the second round of the FA Cup and qualifying out of the group stages in the Checkatrade Trophy.

If Bunn is to keep his job nothing more than a good run is going to aid his cause, and some smart and shrewd transfer movement in the January transfer window is going to be a necessity – given the clubs current financial woes.

In recent games, it’s not the chances that are being hard to come by, it’s the conversion into hitting the back of the net, this is where they are crucially missing on-loan marksman Sam Surridge.

Therefore, should Bunn be looking for an out and out striker to hit that net on a more regular basis?

The Football Manc Cave Twitter recently ran a poll with 25% of the votes to bring a striker in, however, 50% of the votes were to bring in a midfielder.

In my opinion, if Bunn was to bring in just one transfer target – a striker should be topping that list, to play alongside Surridge and jump in if and when he does get injured.