Former Latics and Swansea City maestro Jordi Gomez joins us on the phone from Cyprus to reflect on his time at both clubs.
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After six months back in Spain and a year playing alongside Gabriel Obertan for Levski Sofia in Bulgaria, Jordi Gomez now finds himself in Cyprus, turning out for one of the most successful clubs in Cypriot football, Omonia Nicosia.
The 33-year-old, who spent five years at Latics following a season on loan at Swansea City, says he's adapting to life in a new country well, something he draws on his experience from back in 2008 when he arrived in Britain at the Liberty Stadium.
Listen to Jordi's chat on our podcast below from 25:50 or read an excerpt from the interview.
"After I left the club in 2017 I moved back to Spain for six months and then I spent one season in Bulgaria with Levski Sofia.
"I'm in Cyprus now with Omonia Nicosia and everything is going well. I've been here for nearly two months. Omonia is a big club in Cyprus and life is very good for my family here which is the most important thing for me.
"Even at the end of September is was 30 degrees during the day, it's a little bit different to Wigan.
"I have been following the club since I left. Last season was a great season with promotion from League One and this season has started really well for Paul Cook and his players. They have been playing good football and it looks like it's going to be a great season again.
"Moving to Swansea wasn't too difficult because Roberto was there as manager and it was made easier because we had other Spanish players in the squad.
"I'm not saying it was easy, because moving to another country is always a challenge.
"After my year at Swansea City, Roberto gave me the opportunity to play in the Premier League with Wigan Athletic, so I will always be grateful to him.
"I created a lot of memories in the five years I spent in Wigan the first time and I came back for six months. The club means a lot to me.
"Roberto played at Wigan before he became a manager and he told me how much of a special club it is to him.
"I didn't know a lot about the club at the beginning, but when you spend every day for five years at the club, you learn what the club means to the supporters and to the people who work there on a day-to-day basis.
"I'll always be very grateful for the opportunity to play in the Premier League and the Championship.
"It was a very special time for the club to stay in the Premier League for so many years, but to win the FA Cup was unbelievable.
"Winning the FA Cup is something that will be in the club's history forever and it's the reason I will never forget my time in Wigan."