Wigan Athletic on the look-out for defensive reinforcements

Danny Fox's imminent move to India means Wigan Athletic will step up their attempts to bring in reinforcements across the board.

Monday, 5th October 2020, 12:07 pm
Updated Monday, 5th October 2020, 12:10 pm
Danny Fox

The 34-year-old has played his last game for Latics, after pulling out of the squad on the eve of Saturday's 1-0 win over Doncaster when he was down to play.

Fox, who signed a short-term deal last month, has been offered a lucrative deal with Robbie Fowler's newly-formed Indian Super League outfit East Bengal.

He had been offered a longer contract with Latics only last week, but has opted to finish his career overseas.

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Having already signalled his desire to strengthen the Latics attack and midfield, Sheridan now admits another defender is also a priority.

"We offered Danny a deal, but he's got other things in the pipeline," said the Latics boss.

"I still feel we need one or two more players to make ourselves stronger.

"I've already said we needed people up top but now, with Danny going, we're probably looking at another left-sided defender."

There is no rush to get something done ahead of the transfer deadlines, however, with Latics only in the market for free agents anyway.

Sheridan also revealed how last-minute the decision was for Fox not to play on Saturday.

"Danny was in the team and down to play, then I found out at 7pm on Friday he wasn't available," he said.

"It was a bit of a funny one...I've only been here a few weeks so I don't really know the players...but I don't feel it was the right way, the way it went."

Fox's absence meant Kal Naismith switching back into the defence and, alongside debutant Darnell Johnson, Latics recorded a maiden clean sheet of the campaign.

"I thought Darnell was excellent considering it was his first game," added Sheridan.

"He only joined up with us last week, and he just wants to play first-team football.

"He's been playing in the Under-23s league, which is totally different to what he experienced on Saturday.

"As the game grew, he got better and better, and I'm very pleased with the way he went about his game."

Viv Solomon-Otabor and Dan Gardner have been offered contract extensions, while Nathan Cameron has a couple of weeks remaining on the month-long deal he signed.