Wigan Athletic set for play-off cash bonanza!

Wigan Athletic will be quids in whichever way this Bank Holiday Weekend’s big play-off finals go.

Sunday, 26th May 2019, 11:23 am
Updated Sunday, 26th May 2019, 12:23 pm
Will Grigg and Max Power during their Latics days

Should Sunderland win promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt on Sunday afternoon, Latics would receive a cool £250,000 from the Black Cats thanks to a clause in the sale of Will Grigg back in January.

They’d also trouser around half of that figure from a similar clause in the deal that took Max Power to Wearside last summer.

Not that Latics have all their eggs in one basket, with a smaller payment also due should Charlton win, following the sale of Jason Pearce back in 2016.

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And that's not all, as shrewd negotiating in the departure of goalkeeper Scott Carson to Derby four years ago also means Monday's Championship play-off final will have plenty riding on it from a Latics point of view.

The Rams only parted with a modest transfer fee at the time, taking full advantage of Wigan's relegation to League One.

But Latics insisted on a massive bonus payment should Derby reach the Premier League on Carson's watch - which would be payable should Aston Villa fall at the last hurdle for the second year in a row.

Latics are already due to receive a ‘significant six-figure amount’ from Norwich following their promotion to the Premier League despite Yanic Wildschut – who joined the Canaries in January 2017 – having spent the last 18 months out on loan.

The Dutchman was released by Norwich earlier this week and will inevitably be linked with a return to the DW Stadium.