A total of four players have been allowed to leave relegated Wigan Athletic after they today revealed their retained list. All four are experienced and there is one surprising name amongst that foursome. In addition to this, two more have been offered extensions.
One thing that is still unclear at the DW Stadium is who will be their manager next season. Graham Barrow ended the campaign in charge after Gary Caldwell and Warren Joyce were both at the helm earlier on in the campaign. Nevertheless, plans for the squad are very much in motion.
The highest profile departure is that of defender Stephen Warnock. The former Liverpool and Aston Villa man has spent 14-months with the club, helping them win promotion into the Sky Bet Championship in 2016. Unfortunately he couldn’t help them survive but he was certainly one of the shining lights in a disappointment campaign.
Veteran goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen also departs, as well as left back Andrew Taylor, who ended last season on loan celebrating promotion with Bolton Wanderers. Ex-Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan completes the list of those who will depart. He had a few appearances under his belt towards the end of the season but fitness had been a big issue for him when initially signed by Joyce.
Midfielders David Perkins and Jordan Flores have been offered extensions by the club in the hope that they’ll sign. The versatility of Perkins makes him a good option to have in the squad, whilst a big future is expected of Flores with the Latics. Flores is currently out on loan at Blackpool, who made the Sky Bet League Two play-offs.
Released: Stephen Warnock, Jussi Jaaskelainen, Andrew Taylor & Gabriel Obertan.
Offered new contract: David Perkins & Jordan Flores.