Al Habsi says goodbye

Ali Al Habsi says goodbye to fans at Brentford on Saturday
Ali Al Habsi says goodbye to fans at Brentford on Saturday

WIGAN Athletic goalkeeper has posted an emotional goodbye message on social media, confirming he will be leaving the club this summer.

The Oman international is out of contract at the DW Stadium and will not be back for the new campaign in League One in August.

I am proud that I participated in more than 150 official matches which consisted of 100 matches in the Premier League

Ali Al Habsi

Believed to be a mutual decision between Al Hasbi and Latics, he is now set to move on after five years at Wigan.

He posted on Instagram: “I guess it is time to say goodbye after a wonderful 5 years spend with #WAFC.

“I am proud that I participated in more than 150 official matches which consisted of 100 matches in the Premier League. A big thank you from the heart to the club and the fans for their continuous support and love. Without you provision and support, we wouldn’t of won the FA cup and I wouldn’t of won the best player of the season award in 2011.

“Thank you to all the fans from my beloved country Oman and the Middle East. You have always cheered and encouraged me to move forward regardless of any obstacles facing me. I am pleased that you stood next to me on my 13 years that I spend with the different European clubs.

“I have lived an exceptional experience playing in the strongest league, the premier league, and I hope that it will continue more. Most of you really wish to know my next move, which I think will be clear on June.”

Al Habsi first joined on loan during the 2010/11 campaign where he was an integral part of the side that secured its Premier League status.

Such was his impact, he won the club’s Player of the Season award and Roberto Martinez made a move to bring him to Wigan on a permanent deal.

Since relegation, Al Habsi has fought with Scott Carson for the number one jersey and has struggled to cement a regular playing spot with injury taking its toll too.

He missed out on one final goodbye during the last game of the season at Brentford on Saturday but travelled with the squad and made his way over to the away end to say goodbye.