Stephen Warnock set to join Latics on July 1.
- Former England defender Stephen Warnock set to join club in July.
- 34 year-old Stephen Warnock’s contract with Derby County expires in June.
- Stephen Warnock impressed on loan in final weeks of last season.
- “Bringing Stephen in permanently was one of our immediate priorities.” – Gary Caldwell.
Subject to him passing a medical, the Ormskirk-born 34 year old defender, who played such a critical role in the crucial final few weeks of the season, will become a Wigan Athletic player on July 1.
Warnock, who played the final 11 matches on the campaign, has put pen to paper on a one year deal at the DW Stadium and manager Gary Caldwell immediately revealed that bringing him back next season was always on his mind as part of this summer’s business.
He said: “Bringing Stephen in permanently was one of our immediate transfer priorities. His experience will be invaluable to the squad in the Championship, a league he knows very well. Everyone saw for themselves his contribution last season and we are delighted he will be with us next season.”
On agreeing his deal, Warnock said:
"I'm delighted to get my future sorted out and I'm really looking forward to the new season after promotion. I really enjoyed my time on loan and we achieved something great, so I can't wait to be working with the gaffer and this group of players again.
"It's a great club to be at, so I'm very happy to stay here, especially after the success we've had recently."
In his brief spell at Latics last season, Warnock was able to add a Sky Bet League One championship medal to a mantelpiece that already numbered the FA Cup, the Super Cup and the Champions League from his time at Liverpool.
As well as Derby, his career has also included spells at Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa, Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers, Bradford City and Coventry City, plus two full England caps.