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Friday 04 January 2013

Roger Espinoza latest Honduran to join Wigan ranks

26-year-old midfielder to join in January after work permit granted

Wigan Athletic's new signing Roger Espinoza

Wigan Athletic have announced that Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza will join them next month after being granted a UK work permit.

The 26-year-old will move to the DW Stadium when his contract with MLS club Sporting Kansas City expires at the end of this month and will become the fourth Honduran to play for the club, following Wilson Palacios, Maynor Figueroa and Hendry Thomas. He will sign a two-and-a-half-year deal.

"He has been developing into an exciting footballer over the last three seasons in the MLS"
Roberto Martinez

“He is a player we have been following closely since 16th of June 2010, when he made his debut in the World Cup versus Chile,” Wigan manager Roberto Martinez told the club website.  “In that game, he showed tremendous potential and slowly, he has been developing into an exciting footballer over the last three seasons in the MLS and has enjoyed terrific experiences at international level, specifically his role with Honduras in the Olympic games.”

Espinoza holds a United States passport, having moved to Kansas at the age of 12, but has played 25 times for Honduras, scoring three times.

“This has been a dream for me to play in England and I am so grateful for the club who have worked so hard to make this happen,” he said. “I just can’t wait now to join up with Maynor and all the guys and get to work.”

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Key Points

  • Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza to join Wigan next month
  • 26-year-old granted work permit and joins once MLS contract expires
  • Espinoza will be fourth Honduran to play for Wigan