Ben Watson: Wigan midfielder signs one-year contract extension

By Luke ReddyBBC Sport
Ben Watson

Injured midfielder Ben Watson has agreed terms on a one-year contract extension with Wigan Athletic.

The 28-year-old, whose goal beat Manchester City in last year's FA Cup final, suffered a double leg break against Barnsley on 18 February and will miss the rest of the season.

His new deal will keep him at the DW Stadium until the summer of 2015.

Ben Watson heads past Joe Hart in the FA Cup final
Watson's header was enough for Wigan to win the 2013 FA Cup, the first major trophy in their history

"We want to give him a chance to get fit and back in contention," said Latics chairman Dave Whelan.

"He's absolutely delighted and it's what he deserves because he's been a great servant to the club."

Shortly after becoming the club's manager on 7 December, Uwe Rosler said he hoped to secure Watson's long-term future.

The midfielder scored three times in 11 appearances under the German, but was carried off on a stretcher against Barnsley with a fractured tibia and fibula.

Watson, who joined Wigan from Crystal Palace for £2m in 2009, also broke his leg against Liverpool in 2012, six months before his stoppage-time header won Wigan's first major trophy as they beat Manchester City at Wembley.

The two sides meet again in the quarter-final of this year's competition on Sunday.

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