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Rovers sign defender Adam Long from Wigan Athletic

17 July 2022

Rovers are delighted to announce the signing of defender Adam Long from Sky Bet Championship side Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old has penned a two-year deal at the Eco-Power Stadium, and bolsters the defensive ranks within the first team squad.

The left-sided centre back came through the ranks at the DW Stadium, and also spent time out on loan Notts County in 2020.

Long, who stands at 6ft1, has made 23 appearances for Wigan since his debut in the EFL Trophy at the age of 16 back in 2017.

He is the fifth new signing of the summer and was in attendance for the win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

After putting pen to paper, Long said: “Ever since I spoke to the manager and came to have a chat with him, I felt like this is a place that I’ve wanted to come

“His plans for this season are amazing and it’s something I want to be a part of.

“I felt at home even before I signed and that was a big reason why I wanted to come down here on a permanent basis.”

Manager Gary McSheffrey said: “He’s a good age. He’s played in a Wigan team that was really up against it during Covid when they were down near the bottom.

“He played 15 games or so and helped them to survival. He’s good when your backs are against the wall.

“Left-footed centre backs are always good to give you that balance. And him being quite cultured and calm on the ball, it ticks all the right boxes.”

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