Jack’s the lad for Wigan Athletic as Leek Town lose a second player to the EFL

Neil Baker congratulates Jack Sanders on agreeing semi-pro terms for Blues in February.

CHAMPIONSHIP club Wigan Athletic have swooped to sign young Leek Town defender Jack Sanders on a professional contract.
Sanders arrived at Harrison Park only last November after impressing Leek boss Neil Baker while playing for Charnock Richard against Blues in the early stages of the FA Cup.
He later signed a contract for the club as a 19 year old in February after establishing a regular place in the Blues back four.
Sanders had expressed his intentions to move following the restructuring of the North Premier League, which placed Leek in the new South East Division and meant he faced more travel from his Bolton home.
Although under contract to Leek the club had a gentlemen’s agreement in place to work with the player on a move if Blues were moved into a different league.
The fee and deal involved in Sanders move to Wigan remain undisclosed, but agreement has been reached structured around incentives, appearances and includes a sell-on clause.
Blues boss Baker said:”Jack is a great lad – young, athletic and will improve further in a professional club, we wish him all the best for the future – we will keep tabs on his progress.”
Club chairman Jon Eeles, added: “I am delighted for Jack and the Sanders family, who in a short space of time have quickly became a part of our club.
” The club is proud to have played a part in his development and wish him all the best for the future”.
Sanders is the second Blues player to be snapped up by an English Football League club this year, following on the departure of attacking midfielder Dan Trickett-Smith to League Two Port Vale
Eeles said it was a great accolade to Sanders and the standard of football played by Leek in the Northern Premier League.
He added: “Non league football at this level is continually scouted and I would encourage any young players with aspirations to return to the professional game to play for a Step 4 Club, the connections Neil [Baker] has in the professional game have played a large part in this also.
“I am sure all Leek Town fans will join the club in wishing Jack all the best for his future.”
Wigan Athletic have recently joined the Professional Development League.