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Wigan Athletic secure first summer signing that could prove the difference next season – agree?

Wigan Athletic have confirmed the signing of David Marshall on a two-year deal, following his release from Hull City.

Dan from The Football Manc Cave will look at what Marshall will offer The Latics.

Don’t misinterpret the fact the ‘keeper was released from Hull, they couldn’t afford his wages. I’ve been told from their fans that he was brilliant last season and one of their best players. Wigan has opened the chequebook, it seems.

Marshall brings a wealth of experience, having played for Celtic, Norwich City, Cardiff City and Hull City. The highlight year in his career personally in terms of performances was undoubtedly the 2013/14 season in which Cardiff was relegated. Marshall was outstanding for The Bluebirds and tipped for a big money move to a Premier League side. A transfer never materialised, however, he was one of the best goalkeepers in the country at that time.

Wigan has had Christian Walton on loan from Brighton for the past two seasons. He’s been very good for us, nevertheless, a third loan spell looks off the cards. So Paul Cook will be looking for Marshall to nail down the number one spot.

Cook is also looking to bring more experience into our back line this summer. Last season we struggled towards the end of matches, conceding a lot of late goals due to individual errors. The signing of Danny Fox helped to minimise the mistakes, however, I feel a ‘keeper like Marshall who is 34 years old and has vast experience, is the perfect signing.

Someone who can act as a leader and organise the defence is exactly what we need, our other two centre backs are good defenders, but young and learning. They need that guidance and support sometimes, Marshall and Fox will both provide that.

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