Wigan Athletic have completed the signing of defender Reece Wabara following the expiration of his Barnsley contract earlier today. He moves to the DW Stadium on a deal until the end of the current season and could make his debut against Chesterfield this weekend.

The 24-year-old, who used to be a youth player with Manchester City and played one first-team match, joins the Latics to provide cover down the right-side after Donald Love’s loan from Manchester United came to an end and with Kevin McNaughton still out of action because of injury.

Manager Gary Caldwell feels as though Wabara is a useful asset to his squad and expects him to play his part in the remainder of the season,

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“With Donald Love recalled by Manchester United and Kevin McNaughton still unable to join in the squad full-time yet, we needed someone who can operate on the right side of defence and we are delighted Reece can come on board.

He is an experienced defender at this level, is quick and dynamic and can play the wing-back role or as part of a flat back four.”


Wabara is no stranger to Wigan Athletic this season, having already faced them on two occasions so far. He played twice in the same of a few weeks for Barnsley, first in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Semi Final and then a league clash shortly afterwards.

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Since leaving the blue half of Manchester, Wabara joined up with Doncaster Rovers on a permanent deal where he played over 40 times, before linking up with Barnsley

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