Folan Becomes Record Signing

Last updated : 31 August 2007 By Andy Beill
City have paid Wigan £1million, a quarter of which came from the Coca-Cola 'Buy a player' fund won earlier this year. The Latics could receive a further £250,000 based on 'appearances and other incentives'.

Folan began his career as a trainee at hometown club Leeds United, but did not make it to the first team. He made his professional debut with Rushden & Diamonds, playing 7 games on loan in the early part of the 2001/02 season. Shortly after, he joined Hull City on loan, but played just 22 minutes in one substitute appearance under Brian Little.

He signed for Chesterfield in 2003 on a free transfer. He scored 16 goals for the Spireites, 12 of which were in League One last season before a £500,000 January move to Wigan. He started 8 Premiership games, came off the bench a further 5 times, and scored twice.

This season he started the opening day game at Everton, was a used sub a week later against Sunderland, and made his final appearance in Tuesday's Carling Cup defeat to the Tigers.

He has signed a three-year contract with City and could make his debut at Blackpool on Monday.