Caldwell signs for Wigan
Published : 23 Aug 2010 13:26:40
Former Burnley captain Steven Caldwell has signed a one year deal with Wigan Athletic after impressing while on trial at the DW Stadium. Caldwell, who suffered an injury ravaged season when he should have been leading the Clarets in the Premier League, was released at the end of last season when his contract came to an end.Over the summer he's been linked with Preston, Bolton and, probably not surprisingly, Portsmouth following Steve Cotterill's appointment as manager. Caldwell had spoken fondly of Caldwell on his departure and there appeared to be some logic to it.He spent some of pre-season with Bolton but then moved on to Wigan where he played in one of their pre-season friendlies, standing in for younger brother Gary, the new Wigan captain, who is currently out after hip surgery.He's impressed Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, and let's face it they need to do something after shipping ten goals in the first two games, four of them against newly promoted Blackpool.Martinez said today: "We have seen what Steven is all about during his time here, a leader on and off the field and he is a great personality to have in the dressing room. He has shown real professionalism in his time with us and we are delighted to have him on board."Steven has good experience of the Premier League and has played in the Champions League and UEFA Cup, plus he is a full Scotland international. He is a totally committed defender who will add fantastic competition to the squad."