Report: Holgersson to sign with Wigan, Carney to Jets

IMAGE, NEWYORKREDBULLS.COM

IMAGE, NEWYORKREDBULLS.COM

It looks like former New York Red Bull defender Markus Holgersson has found a new home — in the English Championship.

According to Wigan Today,
the Swedish defender will sign with Wigan Athletic “in the next few days.”

Holgersson, 28, has been a fixture in the Red Bulls defense for the better part of two years. Despite starting the 2013 season on the bench, Holgersson finished the year tied with the most starts of any outfield player while leading all field players in minutes (2,866). While primarily played at centerback, Holgersson also received a few late-year starts at his natural rightback position. Last year, he and Colombian defender Jamison Olave led New York to the third best defense in the league, en route to the Supporters’ Shield.

The Latics have already been quite busy this transfer window, landing Leicester striker Martyn Waghorn on loan along with fellow loanees Nicky Maynard (FW), Josh McEachran (MF) and Tyias Browning (DF). Since he is a free agent, Holgersson would be able to join Wigan after the transfer window as a permanent signing.

DAVID CARNEY LANDS IN NEWCASTLE

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

Australian international David Carney hasn’t had much club stability over the past two years. After a brief spell with the New York Red Bulls, can a move back to the A-League change all of that?

The Newcastle Jets announced the signing of Carney this Saturday.

“He’s played at the highest level for club and country and he’ll bring a wealth of experience and leadership to the team,” team boss Clayton Zane said. “You’re always looking for natural lefties and David’s a versatile footballer who can play anywhere down the left flank, which is great for the balance of our squad.”

Carney, 30, has earned 48 caps with the Socceroos and still has eyes on earning a trip to Brazil this summer. “I’ve got a lot of hunger to do well for this club and my main focus is to work hard and hopefully make a positive impact,” he said. “I’ve had a little bit of a break since the MLS playoffs finished and now I’m ready to get back into it, help the team finish the season strongly and hopefully qualify for the finals.”

He will begin training with the club this Tuesday.

11 Comments

  1. Tony

    02/03/2014 at 8:58 am

    Holgerson is a big loss to this team. I guess he is better than most people give him credit for. his value will certainly become more evident as the year progresses and the red bulls defense is in flux given. i hope he shines at Wigan and plays with consistency he is a great player I just hope he is in the right mindset after being dumped unceremoniously!

    • Stan

      02/03/2014 at 8:08 pm

      When Holgerson was let go I felt the same way I did when the NY Jets let Chad Pennington go, almost teared up when Pennington won the AFC east the following season with Miami, hopefully Holgerson can provide me with a similar moment at Wigan because they have one new fan over here. Once you’re a redbull always a redbull

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