Sep 7 2013 by Nick Hilton, Sat WIR
FORMER Tranmere loanee Ryan Shotton beat the transfer deadline by a couple of minutes this week to complete a move from Stoke City to Wigan Athletic.
The loan deal for the defender will run until January.
Shotton has made over 60 appearances for Stoke, but not featured since Mark Hughes replaced Tony Pulis as manager in the summer.
He has previously taken in loan spells at Altrincham, Tranmere and Barnsley. Shotton played 39 senior games for Rovers during the 2008/09 season, scoring six goals.
The 24-year-old’s move to Wigan was finalised just two minutes before the 11pm deadline.
Shotton said: “It was a whirlwind evening and we only found out really late about Wigan’s interest.”
“As soon as I spoke to the gaffer and he told me how much he wanted me, I made up my mind.”
l Oldham manager Lee Johnson has pleaded guilty to a charge of improper conduct by the FA following his dismissal from the technical area by referee Eddie Ilderton at the end of Tranmere’s 1-0 win at Boundary Park last Saturday.