Gomez seals Latics return

Jordi Gomez
Jordi Gomez

It’s official - Jordi Gomez is coming home to Wigan Athletic!

The mercurial Spaniard has returned to the DW Stadium after two years at Premier League Sunderland.

Gomez, 31, has signed an initial one-year deal, having been chased by boss Gary Caldwell for much of the summer.

The Evening Post reported two months ago that Latics were going all-out to re-sign the ex-Barcelona junior.

And after securing a release from the final year of his Sunderland deal, he can’t get wait to make up for lost time in Wigan.

“It’s really nice to be back,” said Gomez. “And I am ready for the challenge.

“My first year up at Sunderland was quite good, the second one wasn’t as good, and so I had to make a decision.

“Obviously it’s nice the club wanted me, and Wigan were one of the first clubs to want me.

“That’s one of the reasons I have come here, and I am really looking forward to my new time in Wigan.

“Coming back to Wigan was a good option for me and I am really happy to be back.”

Gomez, who spent the second half of last term on loan at Blackburn, has already been handed his old No.14 shirt, recently vacated by Emyr Huws.

And his new manager - and former team-mate - admits it was a deal that everyone was eager to push through.

“There have been rumours about this one all summer,” acknowledged Caldwell.

“And we have had to work really hard to get him here within our budget.

“Football-wise, we all know what Jordi can do, and at 31 he is still at the peak of his abilities.

“His quality on the ball is second to none, and he will be able to pass on his knowledge and experience on and off the fields to help the younger members of the squad.

“He adds great competition to the squad and we are delighted to have got him.”

Gomez also revealed that even though he was far away, he never severed ties with Latics.

“I always looked out for the results,” he added. “After the relegation in my first season away, last season was brilliant for the club and now, with the new training ground, the club is in a brilliant moment.”