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Biography

Date of birth

09/12/1994

Height

183 cm

Signed

21/06/2016

Country

England

Young attacking midfielder with an eye for goal signed from Colchester United

The then 21 year signed a three year deal in the summer of 2016, making an immediate impact when he scored his and Latics’ opening goal of 2016-17 with a superb finish to give us the lead at Bristol City on the opening day.

Having established himself in the team, he was struck down by a serious knee injury against Fulham, barely a month into his Wigan Athletic career, which kept him out for 5 months and 27 matches.

Having won his place back and scored in the 3-2 home win over Rotherham United in April 2016, he suffered a second serious knee injury in that game, which kept him out for the rest of a frustrating first season at the DW Stadium.

CAREER SO FAR
He progressed through the Academy at Colchester from the age of 12, remaining at the Essex-based club until joining Latics.

2013-14 proved to be Gilbey's breakthrough season as he made 39 appearances in total and was named Colchester's Young Player of the Year as the U's finished 16th in Sky Bet League One.

He scored his first professional goal on 25 March 2014 in a 4-2 defeat away to Wolverhampton Wanderers, a game in which future Latics team mate Michael Jacobs scored after just one minute for Wolves. Former Latics striker Nouha Dicko also scored in the last minute.

2014-15 was another big season for the midfielder, making 36 appearances with two more goals against Preston North End and Gosport Borough in the FA Cup.

In 2015-16 Gilbey was named vice-captain and made 42 appearances, scoring five goals. The midfielder also won the club's Player of the Year award, taking his Colchester tally up to 121 matches and eight goals.

He scored a stunning long range drive in a man of the match performance in the 3-3 draw against Latics at the Colchester Community Stadium in March 2016, which may well have influenced the club’s decision to buy him.

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