Exclusive: Roger Espinoza given green light to leave Wigan Athletic

Roger Espinoza celebrates his goal against Fulham
Roger Espinoza celebrates his goal against Fulham

ROGER Espinoza has been given the green light to cut short his time with Wigan Athletic and return to America.

The 28-year-old, who has been unsettled for several months, has secured a release from the last six months of his contract at the DW Stadium.

And he could even make an emotional final appearance for Latics in tonight’s Championship clash against Sheffield Wednesday.

“I’ll speak to the club again but the decision could even be made before the game,” Espinoza told Wigan Today.

“It’s been a great two years here, but I took the decision not too long ago.

“You could see it kind of coming, it’s time for me to look somewhere else.

“There’s been a lot of changes going on with the team and managers, and obviously that’s been tough both for me and some other players.

“I decided it was time, I spoke to some of the directors here, they all did their best to help me and I thank them for that.”

Espinoza admits the pull of returning to the MLS, and a possible reunion with former club Sporting Kansas City, was too tempting – both on and off the pitch.

“There’s times you think you’re going to cross that line and play every game, and it just hasn’t happened for me.”

For the full story see Tuesday’s Wigan Evening Post