UK work permit sees Espinoza join Wigan

18 Dec 2012 | Posted by Carl Thomas

Wigan Athletic can now sign Honduras national Roger Espinoza in January thanks to his successful UK work permit application.

A delegation from Wigan travelled to London to attend the hearing from a Football Association panel. Manager Roberto Martinez was in attendance, along with Football Secretary Stuart Hayton and the club's lawyers.

The international player competed for his country in the London 2012 Olympics, where Wigan manager Martinez said he caught his eye. The manager commented: "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.

"The games versus Spain and Brazil in that tournament showed the winning and strong mentality that he possesses, which will be an important asset to our squad.”

The club was understandably excited that the player was successful in his work permit application. Martinez added: “We prepared an excellent case for Roger and it is great news for us that he can now join up.”

Espinoza himself stated: “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. I just can't wait now to join up with Maynor and all the guys and get to work.”

The player is fourth from Honduras to play for Wigan. He follows Hendry Thomas, Wilson Palacios and Maynor Figueroa. His contract with Sporting Kansas City expires and the end of the year and he has already informed his current coach, Peter Vermes, of his intention to join Wigan.