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30 January 2014

Attacking midfielder joins Latics ranks

Latics have signed John Paul Kissock on loan from Conference Premier side Macclesfield Town until the end of the season.

Born in Liverpool, JP is an attacking midfielder who started his career in Everton's youth system aged just 7 years old. He represented England at under 16 when aged 14 and under 18 level aged 16 before signing his first professional contract with the Goodison Park outfit aged 16.

He was a regular in the club's under-18 and reserve teams, and was an unused substitute for the first team on numerous occasions before moving on loan to SPL side Gretna. Having made his first team debut in the SPL in 2008 Kissock spent another loan spell away from Everton, this time with League 2 club Accrington Stanley.

Having been released by Everton at the end of the 2008/9 season JP joined Hamilton Academical but after an unhappy spell he moved back to England. 

Seemingly lost to the professional game the midfielder spent spells with amateur sides Newton and Formby before joining Conference Premier side Southport.

After a brief but impressive spell at Haig Avenue Kissock moved to Conference Premier Luton Town at the start of the 2011/12 season. He joined Macclesfield Town on loan at the start of the 2012/13 campaign before making the move permanent in January 2013.  

Lee Johnson said earlier: "JP is an interesting one, he is someone I have followed for a long time I have always thought he was a really good player. It may appear to be an unfashionable signing, but sometimes as a manager you have to weigh up the value, age, pedigree and talent and take a chance. This is such an occasion.

"He is certainly hungry, and with the pedigree he has got he needs to play with players that can fit with a similar style. It's up to him now to show is worthy of being a League 1 player if not above. The lads have really taken to him as he has something different and he can certainly add to our game, whether it be from the bench or starting".

JP Kissock said "It's an unbelievable opportunity that the gaffer has offered me. To be back in the Football League after a few years in non-league is something I have worked hard for. I am delighted to be given this chance and I am really looking forward to being part of the squad travelling to Swindon for Saturday's game". 

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