Leek Town defender Jack Sanders has earned a professional contract with Wigan Athletic.

Sanders had signed a contract with Leek in February after linking up with them in November 2018. The former Charnock Richard player has now joined Wigan’s Under-23 set-up.

Leek say the deal for the Bolton-based player is ‘undisclosed but is structured around incentives, appearances and includes a sell-on clause.’

Manager Neil Baker told the club’s website: “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.”

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.

“This is the second player to have returned to professional football whilst playing for Neil at Leek, which is a great accolade for him, the football that is played and the way our club is run. 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 has in the professional game have played a large part in this also.”

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