Williams Signs For Wigan

Midfielder Joe Williams has completed a permanent move to Championship club Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

Williams, 22, joined Everton at the age of seven and rose through the ranks before playing a leading role as the Club's Under-23s secured the inaugural Premier League 2 title in 2016/17.

The youngster then spent the 2017/18 season on loan at Barnsley, before another Championship loan stint with Bolton Wanderers last term.

Williams was named on the first-team bench for a Europa League encounter with FK Krasnodar in 2014 and again for a handful of fixtures towards the end of the 2017/18 season but never made a senior Blues appearance. 

He did, however, feature and score a second-half free-kick in Everton’s historic pre-season friendly against Kariobangi Sharks in Kenya in early July, before starting against FC Sion in Switzerland the following weekend.

Williams becomes the second Everton Academy product to join Wigan this summer, following left-back Antonee Robinson in heading to the DW Stadium.