Wabara arrival bolsters Latics rearguard

Reece Wabara and Latics chief executive Jonathan Jackson
Reece Wabara and Latics chief executive Jonathan Jackson

REECE Wabara has been tipped to make a huge impression at Wigan Athletic after penning a short-term deal until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old was a free agent after a similar deal at Barnsley expired earlier this week.

And Latics chief Gary Caldwell moved swiftly to bolster his backline for the rest of the campaign.

“We are delighted Reece can come on board,” acknowledged Caldwell.

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

“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 four.”

The former England Under-20 defender was a guest of the club at Tuesday’s home game against Sheffield United.

He has trained with Latics this week and is contention to make his debut tomorrow against Chesterfield.

Wabara came through the ranks at Manchester City, spending time out on loan at Ipswich, Oldham, Blackpool and Doncaster, with whom he signed a permanent deal.

He moved to Barnsley at the beginning of this term, and faced Latics twice last month - in the Tykes’ JPT victory at the DW, and Wigan’s 2-0 triumph in the league a fortnight later.