Like father, like son! Jamie Carragher’s son James turns professional at Wigan after captaining their Under-18 side to league victory last season… four years after leaving Liverpool’s academy
- James Carragher was released by Liverpool, where his dad made his name
- However, the centre back has since starred for Wigan after joining in 2017
- The teenager captained Wigan’s Under-18 side to league title glory last term
- Carragher has been involved with the Latics’ first team during pre-season
- Reacting on Twitter, Jamie congratulated his son on his first professional deal
- Wigan kick off their League One campaign on Saturday, August 7 at Sunderland
Jamie Carragher’s son James has signed his first professional contract with Wigan, with his father taking to Twitter to congratulate him on the news.
The 18-year-old suffered a setback in 2017 when he was released by Liverpool, the club where Jamie became a legend after racking up a mammoth 737 appearances in all competitions across 17 years.
However, the centre back has gone from strength to strength at the Latics, captaining the Under-18 side to glory last season in the Professional Development League.
James Carragher has signed his first professional contract at Wigan after starring last season
The 18-year-old central defender captained the Under-18s to the league title during 2020-21
Well done son, very proud of you ¿¿¿¿¿¿
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) August 4, 2021
He has been involved with Leam Richardson’s side during pre-season and will hope to make his first-team debut in the upcoming League One campaign as the side look to stave off the threat of relegation after a narrow escape in 2020-21.
Reacting to the news, his Sky Sports pundit dad posted: ‘Well done son, very proud of you’, followed by the football, pen and heart emojis.
Carragher junior said after signing his deal: ‘I’m very happy. I signed here when I was an Under 14 and I’ve loved it here.
‘From the minute I walked through the door I have thrived and improved as a player, so I can’t wait to carry that on.
His famous father Jamie congratulated his son on Twitter after he signed his first pro deal
Leam Richardson could hand the teenage centre back his first-team debut away at Sunderland
‘Being the captain last year was a huge honour, especially with the success that we had – we had a brilliant group last season.
‘A lot of us are continuing into the next age group, so hopefully we can continue to progress together now as we step up.’
Wigan’s first game of the new season is away at title contenders Sunderland on Saturday, August 7.