Wigan’s academy has been performing well in recent years but for some reason not all of the players that have come through the system still play for the club, they have been let go to pursue careers elsewhere. These are three players who were given professional contracts and looked to have a future at the Latics but sadly left.
Chow started his career with his hometown club, Wigan Athletic, joining the club at the age of nine after being spotted by a Wigan scout whilst playing for local side Blackbrook JFC. He then progressed through the youth system at the club and signed his first professional contract in 2012, a two-year deal.
His professional debut for the club came in the League on 14th April 2015, he came on as a substitute for Jermaine Pennant for the last nine minutes of the Championship game away to Millwall, a 0–2 defeat at The Den. Four days after the Millwall game, he made his first start at the DW Stadium against Brighton & Hove Albion. In the 26th minute, he managed to get his first goal for the club, which he must have been dreaming about since the age of 9.
However, on 25th August 2016, he moved to Ross County and is continuing to impress in Scotland.
Youth product Ryan Jennings only made two appearances for the Latics. Ryan was in the youth ranks from 2012-2014 and signed a professional contract in 2015. During his time at the club, the 21-year-old was sent out on loan to three clubs. The first was Accrington Stanley, where he failed to make even one appearance, he then moved onto Cheltenham Town and impressed in his nine appearances. Grimsby Town was his next loan club and he impressed again during another nine appearances.
However, this was not enough as his performances in the National League still couldn’t persuade Championship Wigan to keep him on. At the start of the season, he was released by the club he spent four years at.
He quickly moved back into non-league football. Conference North side AFC Fylde snapped him up in September 2016. Jennings only went on to make 1 appearance at Fylde before being sent out on loan to Curzon Ashton, in the same division, on the 1st of December. He has so far made two appearances for the club.
Louis spent two years in the Latics youth ranks before signing a professional contract in 2015. Robles made his professional debut when he came to replace Marc-Antoine Fortuné after 64 minutes in the 3-0 defeat to Brentford at Griffin Park on the 2nd May.
He too was loaned out multiple times while at the club. He went on loan to two teams, Macclesfield Town, for whom he only made one appearance as well as Gloucester City, where he managed to make seven appearances, scoring one goal.
After being released by Wigan Athletic, Robles moved to the United States and currently represents University side Limestone College Saints. Robles seems to be doing very well over in the United States scoring a lot of goals. However, Louis has recently been seen training with Coventry City who are struggling in the Sky Bet League One, stuck down in 23rd place. Perhaps a return to England could be on the cards.
David – @DCurtyy – Football Writer
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