Latics sign Cowie

Don Cowie in action for Cardiff against Wigan last season
Don Cowie in action for Cardiff against Wigan last season

LATICS have added to their Tartan contingent by making Scotland international Don Cowie their fifth summer signing.

Cowie joins on a three-year deal from Cardiff City, having turned down the Bluebirds’ offer of a new contract.

The 31-year-old midfielder had looked like he might be on his way back north of the border to join Rangers.

But Latics have moved swiftly to pip the Gers and Championship rivals Blackburn to his signature.

After spells with Ross County and Inverness in his homeland, Cowie moved to England in 2009 to join Watford, where he stayed for two successful seasons.

He then joined Cardiff in 2011, helping the Bluebirds win promotion to the Premier League in his second year in south Wales.

Cowie made 17 appearances last term as Cardiff were relegated back to the Championship.

Despite being offered a new deal by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Cowie has opted to move on as a free agent and join Latics’ promotion push.

He will need no introduction to the likes of Gary Caldwell, James McArthur and Shaun Maloney, with fellow Scot Aaron Taylor-Sinclair having also joined this summer.

Cowie becomes the second player to swap Cardiff for Wigan in recent weeks, with Andrew Taylor having been Uwe Rosler’s first off-season capture last month.

“After we lost Jordi Gomez, Jack Collison, Josh McEachran, added to the longer-term injuries we’ve had with Ben and Chris, I wanted to bring in an energetic player with experience who knows all about getting out of this league,” Rosler told the club’s official website.

“Don also played over 20 games last season in the Premier League; he’s 31 but he’s an extremely professional person and I’ve known about him for quite some time.”