Wigan Athletic Star Pursued By League Rivals

After being released by Wigan Athletic, Josh Magennis, a Northern Irish international, is attracting interest from League One teams.

In May, following Shaun Maloney’s team’s third-tier finish of 12th, he left the Lancashire club. The 33-year-old’s second and last full season with the team ended with seven goals and one assist.

Before being released, Magennis made just under 100 games for the Latics; a League One team is interested in signing the former Hull City and Bolton Wanderers player. Twice at this level, he has emerged victorious, once with the Tigers and the other season with Wigan.

The Belfast Telegraph reports that Exeter City is eager to sign the striker for the upcoming campaign, when he would play alongside manager Gary Caldwell, a former Athletic player, at St. James’ Park. The previous season, the Grecians placed 13th, just one point below Wigan.

City struggled in front of net last season, scoring just 46 times in the league, with their top scorer being midfielder Reece Cole on seven finishes. Across League One, they ranked 18th in terms of goals scored.

Despite his departure from the DW Stadium, Magennis has still been picked by the Northern Irish national team, with appearances against Andorra and Spain in June.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph about his future, the ex-Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City forward said: “I’m not one who’s arrogant to believe that I should be playing at a certain standard of football. That’ll just come with either age, lack of form or just opportunity, and I’m willing to go anywhere.

“I intend to continue playing football for as long as I can, and we’ll see where it takes us.”

Even if Josh Magennis’s career is coming to an end, he still has a lot to give the EFL. Exeter City appears to be a wise choice for him and ought to be advantageous to both sides. The 33-year-old’s acquisition will boost the Grecians’ offensive production, as they failed to score goals the previous campaign.

Despite having only appeared in 10 games, Millenic Alli’s four goals since joining the team in January have already tied him for third place in the league. He was a good addition from FC Halifax Town. Exeter still needs to add players, so their next goal should be to try to convince Fulham to let Luke Harris leave or find the 19-year-old a suitable replacement.


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