Owen Coyle has revealed new-boy James McClean took a pay cut to join Wigan.
The Republic of Ireland international completed a deal in excess of £1million when he moved to the Latics from Sunderland yesterday.
McClean is in contention to face Manchester United in Sunday's Community Shield at Wembley, having opted to drop into the Championship after discovering he had little future on Wearside under Paolo Di Canio.
"He took a drop in salary to come, such was his desire to play football," said Coyle.
"That was fantastic to see in a young man.
"All too often in football, finance is the motivation for some players.
"It is great to have someone at your football club who is prepared to take a step back because he believes it will eventually lead to making two forward."
"He took the Premier League by storm with his wing play; not only his quality on the ball but how hard he works off the ball for his team.
"He is a Republic of Ireland international. He has won 14 caps at a young age. There is no doubt he can go from strength to strength."