CARDIFF SNUB TO SPUR ON LATICS’ ANTHONY
WIGAN Athletic have signed striker Anthony Pilkington on an 18-month contract from Premier League outfit Cardiff City.
The 30-year-old joins the Latics following a four-and-a-half year spell with the Bluebirds, for whom he made 111 appearances and scored 23 goals, although he has not played a single minute of first-team football this season.
“Anthony has good experience in the Championship and Premier League, I am delighted to bring him to Wigan,” said manager Paul Cook.
“He won promotion with Cardiff last season so he knows what it takes to do well at this level and I am sure he will be a big asset to us for the rest of this season and beyond.”
Pilkington, who previously played for Stockport and Huddersfield, joined Cardiff from Norwich in 2014 for £1million.
The nine-times capped Republic of Ireland forward made 13 appearances in all competitions last season as Cardiff won promotion to the top flight.
“I’ve had an indifferent year, so I’m grateful to be here and to be given a chance to get back to playing football and I’m hoping to bring goals to the team,” said Pilkington.
“I was disappointed not to be featuring for Cardiff, but Paul Cook and his staff have shown faith in me and I want to repay that faith.”
Meanwhile, winger Nathan Byrne, 26, has signed a new two-and-ahalf year deal with the Latics.