Wigan Athletic confirm Championship defender coup

Ryan Nyambe has been confirmed as Wigan Athletic's first summer signing.
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As exclusively revealed by Wigan Today earlier this week, the 24-year-old has chosen Wigan over several other options - both in the Championship and in France – on an initial one-year deal.

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Nyambe, a Namibia international, spent 11 years with Blackburn, and played more than 200 games for the Ewood Park outfit.

Ryan Nyambe at the DWRyan Nyambe at the DW
Ryan Nyambe at the DW
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He has represented his country at the African Cup of Nations and in World Cup qualifiers during the past three years.

Nyambe takes the No.2 shirt worn last season by Kell Watts, and could make his debut in Saturday's final pre-season friendly against Sheffield Wednesday at the DW.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge,” he said.

“First of all, I had a sit down with the manager (Leam Richardson) and he came across as a family man. I have seen all the players that he has worked with, and he has improved them so much. I think that he can help me so much with my game.

“The team's style of play is also quite unique so I’m looking forward to that."

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Having played for years in the Championship, Nyambe is hoping to help his new club consolidate back at this level.

“The Championship is a very hard league” he said. “For me personally, I’ve played so many games because I have tried to do things properly.

“It’s going to be a difficult season, but as long as we do everything right, I think we’ve got a chance.”