Latics swoop to sign Ghana stopper Kingson

September 16, 2008

Wigan manager Steve Bruce has bolstered his goalkeeping options at the club with Ghana international Richard Kingson signing a two-year contract.

Kingson, a free agent after leaving Birmingham, will provide competition for Chris Kirkland and Mike Pollitt.

After a spell out of the game, the 30-year-old is delighted to be given another chance in the Barclays Premier League.

He said: "Like any player, I just want to play. It's terrific to be back in England.

"Steve Bruce is a great manager and I'm looking forward to my career at Wigan.

"I know there are two good goalkeepers here already and all I can do is fight for my place and see where that takes me.''

Kingson has played the majority of his football in Turkey, before he joined up with Bruce at Birmingham last year.

He appeared in the 2006 World Cup in Germany as well as this year's African Nations Cup.

Wigan boss Bruce said: "He's a really decent keeper, you don't play nearly 60 times for one of the top 20 nations in the world without having something about you. I think he'll add real competition to the squad here.''

Meanwhile striker Amr Zaki is being compared to Alan Shearer after a blistering start to his career in England.

Zaki has settled in quickly and scored his fourth Premier League goal in the 1-1 draw against Sunderland.

The Egyptian is winning over the supporters and chairman Dave Whelan told the Manchester Evening News: "Zaki has been sensational already.

"He does remind me of Shearer. He is a natural striker too, who is so hungry and determined.''