Oldham Athletic have added to the options within their squad, after announcing the signing of midfielder Chris McCann.
The 32-year-old, who had been a free agent following his departure from MLS side DC United earlier in the summer, has signed a short-term deal with the League Two side, and will be available for the Latics clash with Macclesfield Town at Boundary Park.
A product of Burnley’s academy, McCann spent the first eight years of his career with the club, making over 250 appearances for the Clarets – including a handful in the Premier League – before moving to Wigan in 2013, where he would spend the next three years of his career, ahead of his move to America with Atlanta, which also included a loan move to Coventry prior to the start of the 2017 MLS season.
Is Chris McCann a good signing for Oldham?
Speaking to the club’s official website about the signing of McCann, Oldham manager Dino Maamria said: “Chris has been training with us for a few weeks now and has impressed in every department.
“His experience in the game can only help us moving forwards as a team and I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring him in to boost my options.”
It has been a difficult start to the season for Oldham, with the Latics picking up just two wins and five draws from their opening 13 league games of the season, leaving them 21st in the fourth tier standings.
That poor form saw Laurent Banide sacked and replaced by Maamria as the club’s head coach last month.
I think this could be a decent signing for Oldham.
Given the struggles they have had this season – particularly with seeing out leads at times – it does seem as though they could do with some experience in their side to help them manage games through to the end.
That is something that McCann certainly seems to offer them, and the fact that he has plenty of Championship and even Premier League pedigree behind him suggests that he could still make an impact at League Two level.
Even if he doesn’t, with the midfielder joining as a free agent on a short term deal, it doesn’t appear as though there is too much of a financial risk to accompany this deal for the Latics.