Wigan Athletic have signed defender Alex Bruce on a free transfer, according to the club’s official website.
Bruce, son of Aston Villa manager Steve, played for Bury on non-contract terms for the few weeks of the season. He even scored for Bury against Wigan on his debut for the Shakers. Before deciding to join Bury temporarily, Bruce was on trial with non-league side Macclesfield Town. However, it is the Latics who have offered him a contract.
Bruce, 32, was released by Hull City at the end of last season, as the Tigers were relegated from the Premier League. He spent the latter part of last season on loan at Wigan, who therefore know him well already. Bruce is an experienced and well travelled footballer, who has had spells with Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Hull City. Bruce is also a Northern Ireland international. He has actually played for Republic of Ireland too, but switched his allegiance in 2013. Bruce’s most successful spell as a player was at Hull City under his dad, Steve. The Tigers were promoted to the Premier League twice, got to the FA Cup Final and played in the Europa League during Bruce’s spell.
Wigan are looking for an immediate return to the Championship from League One after a disappointing relegation last season. Their boss Paul Cook will hope that the experience of Alex Bruce will strenghen his already strong squad. The decision to loan out centre-back Donervan Daniels to League One rivals Bury will have paved the way to sign Alex Bruce.