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Joe Gelhardt: Wigan was there after Liverpool, Everton rejected me

Joe Gelhardt has spoken of being rejected by Liverpool and Everton after penning new terms with Wigan Athletic.

Manchester City, Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers were eyeing a move for the 17-year-old - though he has now committed himself to the Lactics.

He said, "I'm always training my hardest and playing my best for my family, they're my motivation, so signing the contract with my Mum sat next to me was a great experience.

"I've had eight years here, but before I joined the club, I was rejected three or four times by local teams like Liverpool and Everton.

"The experience I've had at Wigan on the way up the age groups has been really good, but I've had to work very hard for it.

"It's a great privilege to play for this club. I enjoy coming into work every day, it's a great environment. I love working with all of the staff and the senior players have always been very welcoming."

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