The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Rob Evans

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.

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