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 NEWCASTLEAustralian 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.