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5 October 2012

Former player takes up role in Club’s new Academy

Former Latics midfielder Joe Parkinson has returned to the Club, taking up a role on the coaching staff at the Academy.

Working with a number of his former team-mates such as current Under 18s Coach John Doolan, Neill Rimmer, Peter Atherton and Kevin Langley, Parkinson will be working with the Club’s young talent at John Rigby College where the Academy is based.

The 41-year-old began his career at Wigan Athletic, progressing through the ranks before making his First Team debut in September 1988 against Blackpool.

Parkinson scored his first Latics goal in a 1-0 away win at Mansfield in 1989 and would go on to make 115 league appearances before moving to Bournemouth in 1993.

He later moved to Everton where he helped the Toffees lift the FA Cup in 1995 alongside current Latics Academy Manager Matt Jackson, before being forced to retire through injury at the age of 28.

Upon his return, Parkinson said:

“Coming into work, getting your boots on and heading out to take sessions gives me such a buzz, and I’m made up to be back at Wigan Athletic doing exactly that.

“This club was a huge part of my playing career, so to be offered the chance to give something back was important and made the role that little bit extra special.”

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