Wigan boss Owen Coyle yesterday, secured the services of former Norwich centre half Leon Barnett. The Englishman, who at 28 years of age should be reaching the peak of his career, gives Coyle his 9th signing of the summer for an undisclosed fee. The new addition to the squad joins former England keeper Scott Carson who makes his return to England from Turkey with former Blackpool left back Steven Crainey, former Celtic centre back Thomas Rogne, James Perch who has joined from Newcastle, Honduras defender Juan Carlos Garcia, former Burnley midfielder Chris McCann who links up with his old boss and strikers Grant Holt and Marc Antoine Fortune who both leave Premier League clubs in Norwich and West Brom respectively to join the Latics.
The former Norwich centre back, which finished last season on loan in the Championship, with eventual winners Cardiff, will provide another dimension to the Latics squad. The experience the defender will bring to the DW stadium will be priceless whilst the versatility of the defender will also be an added bonus for the Wigan chief in a league which demands so much over the 46 games.
The signing of Barnett could prove to be an astute piece of business for the new Wigan chief as he looks to assemble a squad capable of returning to the Premier League at the first attempt.