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Warrior sign Latics' stars

15 February 2013

Strikers score with boot deals

Baxter and Smith join the likes of  Premier League stars Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini and Jonas Gutierrez who also have boot deals with Warrior.

The endorsements are rewards for the pair whose goalscoring exploits have helped Latics reach the last 16 of the FA Cup with Budweiser.

Latics' strikers Jose Baxter and Matt Smith have signed boot deals with Warrior Football.

Baxter, who made history by becoming Everton’s youngest-ever player when he made his Premier League debut aged 16 years and 191 days.


The forward, who turned 21 this month, was signed by Everton as a six-year-old but turned down a new contract with the Goodison Park club in the summer to play regular football in npower League One for Latics.

“His attitude to the game has been exemplary, all he wants to do is play football and when he is on form he is unplayable – he is a Warrior player and one to watch for the future.”

. Ben Haworth, global sports marketing manager for Warrior Football, said: “Jose could have easily stayed at Everton but it says a lot about his character that he is happy dropping down a couple of divisions so he can get a regular start


Baxter has played for England at under-16 and 17 level and was dubbed the new ‘Wayne Rooney’ while at Everton.
Despite receiving interest from higher league clubs after a successful start to the 2012/13 season with Latics, he signed a new two-and-a-half year contract last month.


“Warrior is a brand that really understands the game. We share the same passion and enthusiasm for football and that’s why this deal is such a good fit,” said Baxter. “I’ve had a great start to the season, I just want to play as much as I can and do my best for the team.” 

Smith’s stunning two-goal performance in Latics' dramatic 3-2 defeat of Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup with Budweiser has earned the 23-year-old an endorsement deal with Warrior Football.


The 6ft 6in centre forward was described as a ‘battering ram’ in the League One side’s victory over the Premier League club.


“When we saw the way Matt plays, we knew he would be a great fit for Warrior. He stands tall, likes to dominate defenders and has a great eye for goal.”

Mr Haworth said: “Matt was unbelievable against Liverpool, his physical power and determination made an immediate impact on the game and his goals pretty much wrapped up the tie for Oldham.


Smith, who joined Oldham Athletic in 2011 after graduating from the University of Manchester in International Management and American Business Studies, said the approach by Warrior completely took him by surprise but was looking forward to working with the brand.


“Kompany was a huge signing and Fellaini was a massive coup, but it’s nice to know a company like Warrior is also keeping an eye on the unsung heroes of the lower divisions.”

He said: “Warrior are clearly going places in football, you can tell that by the world class players and the clubs they have signed up over a very short period of time.


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