Wigan chief wants Newcastle star Haris Vuckic to replicate his Rangers form

Haris Vuckic
Haris Vuckic

Wigan Athletic boss Gary Caldwell has confirmed the signing of Newcastle United star Haris Vuckic on a season-long loan deal.

The 23-year-old put pen to paper on a deal shortly before the end of the transfer window.

And Caldwell – who began his career at Newcastle – is delighted with the signing.

“Haris had a great season on loan at Rangers last season and he is a quality addition to our forward line, a creative player with an eye for goal,” he said.

“Newcastle rate him highly but he needs to keep progressing and is looking to play as regularly as possible. We are delighted he has chosen Wigan Athletic.”

Vuckic made 18 first team appearances for the Magpies, scoring his only goal in a 1-0 victory over Atromitos in the UEFA Europa League in August 2012.

He spent three months with Cardiff City during the 2011-12 season, scoring once in five appearances, then four goals in 26 appearances for Rotherham United during the 2013-14 season.

The nine goals he scored in 24 appearances in all competitions at Rangers came in a three month loan between February and May of last season.