Wigan Athletic loan man open to return 'home'

Wigan Athletic loan star Leon Balogun has admitted he would be open to finishing his career in his homeland of Germany.

Monday, 18th May 2020, 10:08 am
Updated Monday, 18th May 2020, 10:10 am
Leon Balogun

The 31-year-old defender made an immediate impression at Wigan after joining in January for the rest of the campaign.

Before the lockdown, he helped Latics keep four clean sheets in a row, as part of a seven-match unbeaten sequence.

However, his superb displays will not have gone unnoticed elsewhere and, as a free agent in the summer, he will probably have bigger and better offers to consider.

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And the German-born Nigeria international says he hasn’t ruled out returning home for one last hurrah, having previously played for Hannover, Werder Bremen, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Mainz before moving to England in 2018.

“Germany is my home, I would always think about it,” he told ‘Fussball Transfers’.

“I’m still fit. Even if I turn 32 in summer, I still have a few years in my legs.

“I would also like to continue the experience of England. But the bottom line is that it is nowhere like at home.”

Meanwhile, another former Latics loanee is looking for a new club after Wolves confirmed Bright Enobakhare has left the club by mutual consent.

The 22-year-old flopped during his spell with Latics in the first half of the campaign, and was returned to the Premier League club at the earliest opportunity.

He made only one start in the League Cup and two Championship appearances off the bench, with boss Paul Cook refusing to speak about him following his departure.