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1213 burnley chris mccann 00 300x500Former Burnley midfielder Chris McCann has turned down the offer of a new deal from newly promoted Wigan Athletic to pursue a career with MLS club Atlanta United.

With Owen Coyle installed at Blackburn, there has been a lot of speculation that McCann, who was with Burnley from 2004 to 2013, would be moving there; it was Coyle who took him to Wigan at the start of his ill fated time there as manager.

But the newly married McCann has instead opted to America and has signed a deal with Altanta although will now go out on loan elsewhere until he arrives in Atlanta in January.

He leaves Wigan with the club just having returned to the Championship and said: “Firstly I would like to thank Wigan Athletic for an amazing three years at the club. There’s been some ups and downs but I couldn’t have finished on a more positive note.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t come to agree new terms. I’ve had a great time and I would like to wish the club staff and players the very best for the upcoming season.”

McCann joined the Clarets in the summer of 2004 as a scholar and made his debut against Coventry in the third league game of the 2005/06 season. He went on to make 268 appearances for us before leaving on a free transfer at the end of the 2012/13 season.

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