Rovers return for Wigan Athletic defender

Charlie Mulgrew
Charlie Mulgrew

Wigan Athletic defender Charlie Mulgrew has returned to Blackburn Rovers midway through his season-long loan.

The Scotland international defender, who turns 33 in March, joined Latics literally seconds before the transfer deadline last summer, with the move only being ratified the following morning.

But he - rather than either club - has elected to cut short the deal and return to Ewood Park.

Rovers confirmed: "At the player’s request, the loan agreement has now been terminated and Mulgrew has returned to his parent club."

Mulgrew made 13 appearances for Paul Cook’s side, with his last outing coming in the 2-1 defeat at Luton at the beginning of last month.

A calf injury picked up that day – along with Chey Dunkley’s late red card, and subsequent suspension – pushed Cedric Kipre and Kal Naismith together at the heart of the Latics defence.

And despite Mulgrew regaining full fitness this month, he’s been unable to force his way back in.

Latics boss Cook admitted last month he’d be keen to retain the services of Mulgrew, possibly even beyond the end of the campaign.

But the player will return to Ewood to fight for his place there.

He would be unable to move anywhere else this season, with players only able to play for a maximum of two clubs during the same campaign.

Mulgrew turned out for Rovers in the opening match of the season against Charlton Ahtletic, before moving to Wigan.