Norwich City Defender Leon Barnett Completes Wigan Athletic Switch

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Canaries stopper makes move north.

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Norwich City defender Leon Barnett has completed a move to Championship side Wigan Athletic signing a three year deal for an undisclosed fee, Sky Sports reports.

The 27-year-old passed a medical at the DW stadium on Thursday to become the club’s ninth signing of the summer and boss Owen Coyle has expressed his delight at being able to bring him on board.

“As manager, to see the desire Leon has to play for Wigan Athletic is tremendous and we’re all delighted to have enticed a player of his calibre to our club,” he told the club’s official website.

“He has shown his qualities in the Premier League on numerous occasions and has the experience of being successful in a division as tough as the Championship, winning promotion on three separate occasions.

“That kind of experience for someone who is still only 27 years old is fantastic and I believe that whilst he has much maturity in his play he also has huge potential to become an even better player here at Wigan Athletic.”

Barnett, who has been with the Carrow Road outfit since 2011 but found chances to impress few and far between last season, making just 11 appearances for Chris Hughton’s men before joining Cardiff on loan for much of the campaign.

He will now join former Norwich teammate Grant Holt in helping the Latics try and secure promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

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