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Thursday 17 January 2013

In brief: Shaun Maloney commits future to Wigan

Wigan midfielder signs new deal through to 2015 while Stoke's Maurice Edu loaned out

  • Shaun Maloney, right, has played all but two of Wigan's league matches this season

  • Steven Reid played the second half of the Arsenal match with a broken leg

  • Maurice Edu has featured in only 10 minutes of league action for Stoke

Wigan Athletic have announced that midfielder Shaun Maloney has signed a new two-and-a-half year contract at the DW Stadium.

The 29-year-old Scotland international, who was signed from Celtic last season, is contracted to the club until 2015.

"His professionalism and determination to succeed has been outstanding"
Roberto Martinez

Maloney has become a key figure at Wigan having started 20 of Wigan’s 22 Barclays Premier League matches this season, scoring twice.

"We're delighted that Shaun has committed his future to the club," manager Roberto Martinez told the club’s website. "From the first day he arrived his professionalism and determination to succeed has been outstanding and an example for the younger members of the group to follow.

"Shaun is one of the most technically-gifted British players that you will find, but on top of his style and footballing flair his work-rate and purpose in his performances make him a key member of our future at Wigan Athletic. I'm sure the fans are looking forward to watching him continue to enjoy his football at Latics for a long time."

Clarke hails Reid's character

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke has revealed that Steven Reid played with a broken leg for 45 minutes of last month's Barlcays Premier League match with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

The Republic of Ireland defender made his comeback as a substitute during the midweek FA Cup tie against Queens Park Rangers at The Hawthorns, but West Brom had kept the extent of his injury under wraps.

"We didn't release the injury but it was a fractured fibula he got against Arsenal,” Clarke said. "He played for 45 minutes with a broken leg, which shows the character of the boy.

"I've put it out there because I want people to see the character of the boy. Sometimes people think Steven is always injured but he has an incredible strong mental strength and he wants to play.”

Stoke loan out Edu

Stoke have said that Maurice Edu has been loaned out to Turkish side Bursaspor for the rest of the season.

The 26-year-old United States midfielder joined Stoke from Rangers in August but has only played once in the Barclays Premier League, for ten minutes as a substitute against Liverpool.

"He has come in and not got any games,” Stoke manager Tony Pulis said. "That has been disappointing for Maurice and he needs to play games, to maintain his opportunity of playing for his country.

"So the club [Bursaspor] has come in and it is a decent club. We have had offers in England as well for Maurice to go and play, so he has got one or two options, which is good. Having bought him, and then for him to have then not gotten into the team, we can actually monitor him now for the next three or four months."

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Key Points

  • Wigan's Shaun Maloney signs a new deal to June 2015
  • West Brom' reveal Steven Reid played a half against Arsenal with a broken leg
  • Stoke to loan out Maurice Edu to Turkish side Bursaspor