Date: 19th June 2017 at 3:18pm
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Paul Cook has added another defender to the ranks after agreeing to sign Terell Thomas when his contract expires at Charlton Athletic on June 30.

The 21 year old centre back has signed an initial one year deal at the DW Stadium. Thomas helped Woking FC avoid relegation from the National League last season, playing 40 times for The Cardinals.

The young defender is a product of Charlton’s academy, but failed to make a single senior appearance at the London club. He joined Woking on loan in August 2015.

Thomas told the official website: ‘My aim this season is just to try and get into the first team and play as many games as possible. I want to progress as an individual and I believe Wigan is the perfect club for me to do that.’

When asked to describe his best qualities, he said: ‘I can use both feet, and I’m good at reading the play, intercepting and getting in front of the striker. I love defending, that’s the main thing – I love stopping goals.’

Also speaking to wiganathletic.com, manager Cook stated: ‘A tall central defender with a good touch and athletic, Terell has become available and is one the recruitment department have been looking at. We want him to develop with us this season.’

Kent Live has described the move as ‘sensational’ for Thomas, who reportedly snubbed offers from ‘QPR, Woking, Stevenage, Hibernian and Chesterfield’ to join the Latics.

At a recent fans’ forum, new Woking manager Anthony Limbrick announced that he ‘wanted to build his defence around Thomas’. But the lure of League One football has ensured that won’t be happening now, at least not at Woking.