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Free from New York, Holgersson finds a home in England

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HARRISON, NJ - APRIL 28: Saer Sene #39 of the New England Revolution and Markus Holgersson #5 of the New York Red Bulls battle for a loose ball during the game at Red Bull Arena on April 28, 2012 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

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Seven points out of the playoffs with two matches-in-hand on its Championship competition, Wigan Athletic have found defensive reinforcements with a former MLS defender.

Swedish back Markus Holgersson has found a home with the Latics after 67 appearances with the New York Red Bulls over the past two seasons, but became a free agent after the season.

Holgersson, 28, joins a Wigan squad that features players like Callum McManaman, Emmerson Boyce and James Perch.

“Markus had a few options available to him,” said Latics manager Uwe Rosler. “We are delighted he has chosen to come to Wigan Athletic. He brings a wealth of experience, together with the versatility to play in a number of positions because of his good technical ability.

“The defense is an area where we needed strengthening and Markus will definitely help the squad moving forwards.”

The BBC points out that Wigan has now added five players to its ranks since the start of 2014, including Tyias Browning, Nicky Maynard, Josh McEachran and Martyn Waghorn.

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