Stephen Crainey: Wigan sign Blackpool and Scotland defender

Wigan Athletic have signed Scotland full-back Stephen Crainey on a free transfer from Championship rivals Blackpool following his rejection of a new contract offer at Bloomfield Road.

He has agreed a one-year deal with the FA Cup winners, who were relegated from the Premier League in May.

Crainey, 32, is Wigan boss Owen Coyle's second signing, following the arrival of Burnley midfielder Chris McCann.

Meanwhile, 41-year-old keeper Mike Pollitt has signed a new one-year deal.

Stephen Crainey's career details

  • Glasgow-born Crainey began his career at Celtic in 1997, graduating through the youth academy and going on to make 41 league appearances before joining Southampton in 2004.
  • He played just five times before spending three seasons with Leeds United, who he helped to the 2006 Championship play-off final.
  • Signed by Blackpool in 2007, going on to make 214 league appearances, scoring four goals.

Pollitt, Wigan's first signing following the Latics' promotion to the Premier League in 2005, has played 52 times.

His two appearances last season came in both third-round ties with Bournemouth in January, at the start of their Cup-winning run.

He suffered a thigh injury in a replay against the Cherries, which kept him out for the remainder of the campaign.

But he will return to pre-season training with Coyle's side on Monday, ready to fight for a first-team spot as Wigan prepare for life back in the second tier.

"I picked up a bad injury, the worst of my career to be honest, but I'm feeling good now," Pollitt told the club website. 

"I managed to get some training in towards the end of the season and have been doing a lot of work during the summer to make sure I can come back to training fighting fit."

As for Crainey, the former Celtic defender moves on after six years at Bloomfield Road, during which time he helped the Seasiders win promotion to the top flight in 2010.

"I felt it was time for a new challenge at this stage of my career," Crainey told the club website. 

"The Championship is a gruelling division, with tough games every week, but that and the chance to play European football, is a challenge I'm really looking forward to."