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Wigan Confirm Pilkington Signing
Thursday, 10th Jan 2019 10:29

Wigan Athletic have confirmed the signing of Blues target Anthony Pilkington from Cardiff City on an 18-month contract.

As reported yesterday, Town had made the better financial offer to Pilkington and following talks at Portman Road the Blackburn-born 30-year-old was close to signing for the Blues, but ultimately took the decision to join the Latics for purely personal reasons because his family home is in the North West and he was keen to relocate there.

Town boss Paul Lambert had targeted the Republic of Ireland international wideman after working with him at Norwich, where he signed him from Huddersfield in a £2 million deal almost eight years ago.

Pilkington, who had also been linked with Blackburn, was out of favour at Cardiff, having not played for them since April last year and helping them to win promotion to the Premier League.

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TonyHumesIpswich added 10:31 - Jan 10
Really good player. Shame.

MrTown added 10:32 - Jan 10
Shame. Doesn't matter though, we've got Simon Dawkins.

BoxerBlue added 10:33 - Jan 10
Give it a rest MrTown

You’re like a broken record!!

ForeverBlueSince1996 added 10:35 - Jan 10
Don't see how people can moan when we offered him more money. Actually refreshing to see a player not just care about money, unfortunate for us though.

MrTown added 10:37 - Jan 10
Nice to see him put family first to be fair.

beornioblue added 10:37 - Jan 10
for the first time it actually seems we did everything possible to sign this player, sometimes its just not meant to be

onwards and upwards

PositivelyPortman added 10:44 - Jan 10
MrTown get a job and give us some peace.
You’d be heartbroken if we stayed up wouldn’t you?

dubblue added 10:44 - Jan 10
The outcome was not what we wanted but on this occasion you can't blame the club nor the player, at 30 family must come first.

BluePatriot added 10:45 - Jan 10
It was obvious he did’nt want to come
The team needs to play for each other now and show the
championship some real fight !!!

floridaboy added 10:51 - Jan 10
Shame but it is refreshing to see a footballer putting family ahead of money.

That is what annoyed me about Waghorn. His moved his family and parents to Suffolk and 5 minutes later is moving to Derby for more money He was obviously on good money here but probably got greedy!

And please don't someone bang on about it being a short career. If you cant cope on £5-10k a week then you are doing something very very wrong!

bluearmy78 added 10:58 - Jan 10
We move on, I’m sure Lambert has more irons in the fire! COYB

rugbytomc added 11:04 - Jan 10
Double shame because it strengthens one of our relegation rivals

Welshblue72 added 11:23 - Jan 10
Mr town more like Mr clown always make me laugh with his comments 😂

dirtydingusmagee added 11:29 - Jan 10
as Fast Show ''Unlucky Alf '' would say , b#gger. ?

algarvefan added 11:29 - Jan 10
Fair play to Town, the obviously really tried to get him here, can't blame the player either.

Move on now, who else can we target, suggestions anyone?

Dissboyitfc added 12:02 - Jan 10
I just hope he does help Wigan, they looked truly awful at our place and I believe they are in free fall.


Dissboyitfc added 12:03 - Jan 10
Meant to say “does not help”

miltonsnephew added 12:24 - Jan 10
This is who we should be looking at, looks decent would be for a nominal fee.


miltonsnephew added 12:26 - Jan 10
Need a bit of flair, creativity and someone with a eye for goal from midfield.

39 games 27 goals. Why not?

geminimustang added 13:55 - Jan 10
My concern is Wigan,Preston and especially Reading appear to be strengthening with quality and not numbers.No criticism of ME or PL but this window is panning our the way i’d hoped and expected.I thought £M’s would’ve been spent to avoid relegation by the Club.

positivity added 17:16 - Jan 11
did we offer 18 months, thought we were just offering 6?

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