Star calls time on Wigan Athletic career

Gary Roberts has confirmed he is looking for a new club after being prevented from securing a future with Wigan Athletic.
Gary Roberts celebrates winning the League One title in 2018Gary Roberts celebrates winning the League One title in 2018
Gary Roberts celebrates winning the League One title in 2018

The 36-year-old was out of contract last summer, but signed a short-term deal to allow him to start the campaign with Latics.

However, he picked up a hamstring injury against Gillingham on September 19 - which altered the landscape completely.

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With Latics only able to run with a squad of 23 players during administration, Roberts has found himself squeezed out now he is fit to return.

And with no definite date on the club being taken over - which would allow them to bring in free agents - Roberts is reluctantly looking elsewhere.

"So my three and a half years at Wigan are up," he tweeted.

"The position the club is in at the minute - with not allowed to sign players because of being in administration - means I'll be leaving and looking for a new club.

"I've loved every minute of playing for the club, we've had so many great nights.

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"It's been heartbreaking to see what's happened to the club over the last few months, through no fault of our own - probably the hardest thing I've had to go through in my career.

"So stick together and keep fighting for your club.

"See you soon, Robbo."

Sam Morsy, Roberts' skipper for his three seasons with Latics, was one of the first to send his best wishes.

"Amazing on and off the pitch," he tweeted. "All the best mate, still loads left in the tank."

Latics youngster Alex Perry, who has replaced Morsy in the engine room since his departure, added: "All the best Robbo, thanks for everything."

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