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Friday 19 October 2018

Cook and Wigan take a look at Gibson

CHANCE: Darron Gibson
CHANCE: Darron Gibson

Former Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson could get a chance to rescue his career with Wigan next season after the Championship club offered the Derry native a trial.

Gibson (30) hasn't played a competitive game since January and he was sacked by Sunderland in March after he pleaded guilty to a drink driving offence.

He avoided a custodial sentence when he went before court in May, where he was given a community service order and banned from driving for 40 months.

But the former Manchester United man is keen to get his career back and Wigan boss Paul Cook has called him in for pre-season training. Gibson made his debut in a 2-1 friendly win over Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

"At this stage of the season for lads who are weighing up their options, being in a club and training can be good for them," Cook said of the Latics' trialists like Gibson.

"If an opportunity comes to join someone else they are fit and ready to go, the possibility might be there to join us, it's a door that's open both ways."

Meanwhile, Sean Maguire kept up his pre-season form with another two-goal blast for Preston in a friendly game.

Maguire, recovering from an injury picked up while on Ireland duty in May, scored twice in a 6-1 win over non-league side Fylde, making it five goals in two games for the Kilkenny native.

John O'Shea admits that his new side, Reading, have a lot of work to do in defence after a poor start to their pre-season programme.

The Royals signed O'Shea and David Meyler in the close season but boss Paul Clement has asked questions after a 4-2 defeat to Wimbledon as well as a 2-1 loss to non-league side Leigh.

"Defensively, the unit has to be switched on all over as you know there are players all over the pitch who can definitely hurt you," says O'Shea ahead of the club's trip to Austria today for a training camp.

"We will have to work well together to get a positive result, but ultimately it's about getting those fitness levels up and getting ready for the start of the league.

"Concentration is key because we'll probably be playing in similar temperatures to the UK at the moment as it's generally quite hot in Austria."

Harry Arter, who had been linked with a move away from Bournemouth, impressed for the Cherries in a 1-1 pre-season draw with Sevilla. Arter is contracted to the club until 2021 but he is keen to get regular first team football.

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