Latics Complete Frandsen Swoop

Last updated : 25 May 2004 By Mark Heys
Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Per Frandsen has put pen to paper on a one year deal with Lancashire rivals Wigan Athletic following his release by the Trotters a week ago.

The 34-year old was told by Bolton manager Sam Allardyce that he would not be retained prompting last seasons Play Off hopefuls Wigan to move quickly to sign the former Danish international ahead of the likes of Norwich City who had reportedly shown interest in the player.

Wigan manager Paul Jewell was delighted that he was able to add someone of Frandsen's experience to his squad and admits he felt surprised that the veteran was allowed to leave the Reebok Stadium.

"I am delighted I have agreed a deal with Per as he has proven quality and will be a great addition to our squad."

"I have always rated him highly and was a little bit surprised that Bolton decided to release him, but I spoke to Sam Allardyce and he couldn't speak highly enough of him".

"I think he will prove to be a very good signing for us and his experience, quality and know-how will be a great assett.

As one former Wanderers midfielder arrives at the JJB Stadium another one departs as the former Republic of Ireland midfielder Gareth Farrelly has been told he will not be having his short term agreement extended. Farrelly 28, joined the Latics at the tail end of the 2003-2004 season but failed to impress Jewell in a handful of games.