Wigan Athletic have managed to extend the loan of Brighton goalkeeper Christian Walton for a further 12 months.
The 22-year-old, who won the League One Golden Glove award last term after keeping 19 clean sheets in 31 league games, played a crucial part in Latics regaining their place in the Championship at the first attempt.
And after spending a couple of weeks with his parent club during their pre-season testing, he will rejoin the Latics squad ahead of their warm-weather training camp in Spain in mid-July.
“This was a move we wanted to get done early and obviously prioritised in our recruitment,” acknowledged Latics boss Paul Cook.
“Christian and Jamie Jones were excellent for us last season, and to have those two competing for the number one spot against is perfect.
“The move makes great sense for Christian’s development too as he can tackle the Championship in a club where he knows the environment already.
“We’re all getting excited for the season to start now and this was the next piece of the jigsaw we wanted to complete.”