Mac can’t wait to get stuck in

James McClean can't wait to get into the Wigan kit
James McClean can't wait to get into the Wigan kit

JAMES McClean admits he’s joining a club that’s “moving in the right direction” after penning a three-year deal at Wigan.

Wigan beat off Premier League interest to land the Ireland winger from Sunderland for a fee believed to be in the region of £1.2million.

And the 24-year-old – a team-mate of James McCarthy at international level – is confident his spell out of the top flight will not be a long one.

“It’s happened very quickly, but as soon as I found out the gaffer was interested I wanted to come,” McClean said.

“You can see this is a club moving in the right direction again, and I can’t wait to be a part of that.

“I know James McCarthy very well and he’s said only good things about the place, so I’m really looking forward to getting started and meeting everyone.”

He becomes Owen Coyle’s 10th signing of the summer transfer window, and will wear the number 11 shirt this season.

McClean, who featured in 36 of Sunderland’s 38 Premier League matches last term, goes straight into the Wigan squad for Sunday’s Community Shield against Manchester United at Wembley.