Skipper Warnock leaving Latics

Stephen Warnock
Stephen Warnock

Stephen Warnock is leaving Wigan Athletic at the end of the month.

The Latics skipper signed for the club from Derby County in May 2016 after a spell on loan at the DW, taking over as captain for the campaign which resulted in Latics’ relegation from the Championship.

The 35-year-old tweeted: “It’s not a nice feeling to say goodbye after such a bad season and one I was hoping to correct next season.

“So many highs and lows in 15 months.

“I’d like to thank Gary (Caldwell) for bringing me to the club and staff. To the Chairman for giving me the opportunity. To everyone behind the scenes who have helped, a big thanks.

“It’s been a privilege to captain the club.

“Thanks to the fans for their continued support to both myself and the team.

“I would like to wish Wigan every success in the future and hope they can regain promotion to the Championship.”

Warnock is among a clutch of players leaving when their contracts expire on June 30.

Jussi Jaaskelainen, Gabriel Obertan and Andrew Taylor are also heading away from the club.

Warnock added: “I will now look for another challenge in my playing career.

“Whether that lies in England or abroad. I’m excited what lies ahead.”

David Perkins and Jordan Flores have been offered new terms at the club.

Loan stars Callum Connolly (Everton), Jamie Hanson (Derby County), Adam Bogdan (Liverpool), Reece Burke and Marcus Browne (West Ham United), Alex Bruce and James Weir (Hull City), Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) and Jakob Haugaard (Stoke City) have returned to their parent clubs.

And Nathan Byrne (Charlton Athletic), Billy Mckay (Inverness Caledonian Thistle), Sanmi Odelusi (Blackpool) and Kaiyne Woolery (Forest Green Rovers) will return to Wigan and report to pre-season training.