Wigan have announced that they have signed former Portsmouth midfielder Gary Roberts on a free transfer. The 33-year-old is reunited with Paul Cook who managed him at Chesterfield and Pompey last season.
Roberts has signed a season-long deal with the Latics. He has been on the lookout for a new club since he was released from Portsmouth under their new boss Kenny Jackett. The experienced right-sided midfielder was part of the Portsmouth side which won promotion from League Two last season.
Wigan boss Paul Cook said this about being reunited with the player “Gary is a player I trust and who has proven himself at this level. He will make a significant contribution, and I’m delighted to have him on board.”
While Roberts said this ” It’s been a long couple of weeks. But the gaffer approached me and I couldn’t turn it down.
” I could’ve gone elsewhere and tried something new, but I know what I’m getting with the gaffer. So I’m happy to join and this club is ambitious so it’s a perfect match.
“The standard was very good in training, so it’s going to take a few sessions to catch up with them but they’re a good bunch and the results speak for themselves.”
The Liverpool born midfielder started his career in the Welsh leagues before Accrington Stanley picked him up in 2005. After two years with Stanley, he signed for Ipswich following a brief loan spell with The Tractor Boys. He spent a season at Portman Road, but then he was on the move again this time signing for Huddersfield. Roberts was part of The Terriers side which won promotion from League One, however, after promotion he was released.
He signed for Paolo Di Canio’s Swindon in 2012. But Roberts only spent a season with Town. However, he did score a goal of the season contender against Tranmere when his 70-yard shot looped over the Tranmere keeper to put Swindon top of League One. Roberts signed for Chesterfield in 2013 and spent three years with the Spireites before signing for Portsmouth in 2015.