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Ireland International Pilkington Moves To The Championship

Ireland International Pilkington Moves To The Championship

Anthony Pilkington has joined Wigan on an 18-month contract.

His previous club, Cardiff City, announced this morning that he had left by mutual consent. Pilkington had been at Cardiff for four-and-a-half years, scoring 23 times in 111 appearances.

The 30-year-old joins Wigan with the club 20th in the Championship.

"Anthony has good experience in the Championship and Premier League, I am delighted to bring him to Wigan Athletic," Wigan manager Paul Cook told the club's website.

He won promotion with Cardiff City last season so he knows what it takes to do well at this level and I am sure he will be a big asset to us for the rest of this campaign and beyond.

Pilkington had not made any appearances for Cardiff this season.

"It all happened pretty quickly during the week, but I’m delighted to have the chance to come here and be part of what the manager is building," said the player.

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"I’ve had an indifferent year, so I’m really grateful to be here and to be given a chance to get back to playing football and I’m hoping to bring goals to the team, it’s something I’ve done from positions behind the striker and out wide throughout my career.

"I was disappointed not to be featuring for Cardiff and I feel like I did well in the games I played for them last season, but Paul Cook and his staff have shown faith in me and I want to repay that faith."

He last played for Ireland in a friendly against Slovakia in March 2016.

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