Trialist aiming to secure Wigan Athletic future

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Striker Joe Rodwell-Grant is giving himself every chance of earning a permanent contract with Wigan Athletic.

The 19-year-old is looking for a club after being released by Preston earlier this summer.

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He ended last season on trial with Latics, and has also featured for the Under-23s this summer.

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Christopher Park, Wigan Athletic's training groundChristopher Park, Wigan Athletic's training ground
Christopher Park, Wigan Athletic's training ground

Rodwell-Grant's latest run-out at Hyde on Wednesday saw him claim a fine goal and an assist in Latics' 3-0 victory.

He's hoping that will have given boss Peter Murphy and Academy chief Gregor Rioch another nudge in the right direction.

Lancashire-born Rodwell-Grant, who joined Preston at the age of 11, has spent time on loan at Chorley, Bamber Bridge and Lancaster.

He came to the attention of Latics fans last summer with a well-taken goal in Preston's 3-2 pre-season defeat at the DW, ironically finishing off a through ball from future ‘Tic Tom Bayliss.

Also on the scoresheet at Hyde was Josh Stones, who recently joined the Under-23s set-up from non-league Guiseley, as well as another trialist.