Wigan Athletic complete signing of Cameroon international Gaëtan Bong
- Gaëtan Bong joins Latics.
- Experienced defender becomes Malky Mackay’s sixth signing at Wigan Athletic.
- Mackay – “He’s a terrific athlete, and brings quality in to the squad.”
The 26-year-old is a free agent after leaving Greek side Olympiacos and has impressed after a trial period at Latics. He underwent a medical at the DW Stadium today and has put pen to paper on a contract until the end of the season.
Latics manager Malky Mackay welcomed Bong to the club, saying:
“I’m delighted Gaëtan has agreed to join us. He impressed me a lot during the week. He is a terrific athlete, his professionalism stood out immediately and I believe he will be a very good addition to the squad.”
After six signings in short succession, plus the loan window opening in a week’s time, he added:
“I have said all along we need to reshape the squad. The first part of that process was to allow players to leave and make way for new players to come in and take their place and that process is now taking place.
“Every transfer in and out over the last month has been done with the benefit of Wigan Athletic football club in mind and myself, along with Jonathan Jackson and David Sharpe, are working day and night to make this squad as strong as it can be for the future.”
Cameroon-born Bong begun his professional career at Metz in the French league, and after a spell on loan at Tours, joined Valenciennes for whom he played over 100 times before moving to Olympiacos. He appeared in the 2010 World Cup for Cameroon, but missed out on the 2014 squad having played in the qualifying stages.