Experienced defender Alex Bruce rejoins Wigan Athletic.
- Alex Bruce signs season-long deal at Latics.
- Free agent defender Bruce rejoins Wigan Athletic
- “His experience will be a great asset.” – Paul Cook
Wigan Athletic have signed free agent Alex Bruce on Transfer Deadline Day, with the experienced defender signing for Latics again after his loan move earlier this year on January's Deadline Day.
After undergoing a medical at the club this afternoon, he put pen to paper on a deal at the DW Stadium until the end of the season.
The 32-year-old was with the club on loan last season, making one appearance, and actually scored against Latics after signing a short term deal with Bury earlier this month.
However, he has now committed himself to Latics for 2017-18 and manager Paul Cook is delighted to have netted his man.
“Alex’s experience will be a great asset, on and off the field," Cook said. "He can play in a number of positions, he’s seen it and done it in football, and we are really pleased to have him join the group.”
Bruce signed on deadline day in January 2017 but only managed one appearance last season, in the final day draw against his former club Leeds United at the DW. Coming through at Birmingham City in 2005 when his father, former Latics manager Steve Bruce, was at St Andrews, he was initially on loan at Oldham Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday and Tranmere Rovers, before really establishing himself as an Ipswich Town player between 2006 and 2010.
He has subsequently played for Leicester City, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Hull City, with whom he was promoted to the Premier League under Bruce Senior, in 2013, playing just under 300 career league games to date.