Owen Coyle has made his second signing as Wigan Athletic Manager, securing the services of Scotland full-back Stephen Crainey on a free transfer.
The 32-year-old follows in the footsteps of Chris McCann in arriving at the DW Stadium in time for pre-season training next week, as the Gaffer continues to waste no time in bolstering his squad for the coming season.
After undergoing a medical today and putting pen-to-paper on a one-year contract, Crainey said:
“It’s a big challenge for me personally, but after six good years at Blackpool I felt it was time for a new challenge at this stage of my career, and I’m delighted for that be at Wigan Athletic.
“The Championship is a grueling division, with tough games every week, but that and the chance to play European football, is a challenge I’m really looking forward to.
“I’ve played against Wigan Athletic on a few occasions so I know how much the fans back their team and I’m sure they’ll do the same this season which is what we need to produce the performances on the pitch.”
Crainey becomes a Latics player after spending six-years at Bloomfield Road and make over 200 appearances, helping the Tangerines win promotion to the Premier League in 2010, and narrowly missing out on repeating the feat in 2012, losing in the playoff Final against West Ham United.
Glasgow-born Crainey began his career at Celtic in 1997, graduating through the youth academy and going on to make 41 league appearances before joining Southampton in 2004, having helped the Bhoys to an SPL title (2001/02), a Scottish League Cup title (2001) and a runner-up place in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup.
His time at the Saints was brief, making five appearances before joining Leeds United in 2004 and over the following three years helping the Whites go close to Premier League promotion, losing the 2006 playoff Final against Watford.
In 2007 he was signed by Blackpool, spending six seasons at Bloomfield Road, making 214 league appearances and scoring four goals, appearing 46 times in all competitions last term.