Duo extend Wigan Athletic contracts as defender departs
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Comings and goings latest
Wigan Athletic defender Josh Clarke left as the club extended the contracts for winger Viv Solomon-Otabor and midfielder Dan Gardner until January 2021. The duo’s contracts were due to expire in the first week of October. In summer, that was full of movements in English clubs fans were following closely. Punters can now use their Unibet promo code to sign up and take advantage of the fact that football action is back in full swing. There is still room for movement within British clubs as the window is still open.
At 24, Solomon-Otabor has put in great performances that have earned him a regular starting role in the first team. He has been superb in the four league opening games bagging two assists. Gardner, on the other side, has managed four appearances so far this season in all competitions. Defender Clarke left the club in September after ending his contract on mutual consent. Clarke got injured in training hence missing the chance to play for the first team.
After sorting out those two short-term contracts, Wigan were still looking to strengthen their team. Former Manchester United striker Will Keane completed his move to Wigan from Sheffield Wednesday as announced on the club’s official website. Before moving away from Manchester United, where he was a hot prospect, he spent several seasons out on loan.
Keane, a free agent, has also signed a short term deal that will last up to the 9th of January next year. These signings, albeit short term, will go a long way in trying to bring a ray of hope for the club’s fans who’ve endured a torrid transfer in which some of their top players left as the club tried to raise as much money as they could.
Their financial struggles led them to be put on administration at the end of last season, which led to their relegation. Therefore, the arrival of Keane, a proven goalscorer, could make the fans hope that their beloved club could do something this season. Keane will join Otabor and Clarke as they try to turn the club’s fortunes around.
Otabor, a Nigerian who came through the Crystal Palace academy, joined the club when they were facing the agony of relegation. Wigan have began their campaign in the English third-tier badly losing to Ipswich Town and Gillingham.
However, they gave themselves a boost by winning against Portsmouth and Doncaster Rovers. Otabor’s performances in these matches were good enough for the team to extend his contract. He joined the club at the same time with English midfielder Gardner. The fans will be relying on their star men to carry their team through these challenging times.
With some days remaining in the transfer window for British clubs, the club could try to look for other free agents who could be willing to come in and help steady the ship. Another new arrival is defender Darnell Johnson from Leicester City on loan until January. Perhaps reports of a Spanish investor taking over the club, if true, could be what the fans have been waiting to hear all this while.
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