Doncaster Rovers Complete Signing of Wigan Athletic Defender

Wigan Athletic Defender

Wigan Athletic defender Adam Long has joined Doncaster Rovers for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old is the latest signing made by Gary McSheffrey’s side this summer, taking them up to five.

Doncaster Rovers Sign Wigan Athletic Defender Adam Long

‘Felt at Home’ – Adam Long on Joining Doncaster Rovers

Adam Long told “Ever since I spoke to the manager and came to have a chat with him, I felt like this is a place that I’ve wanted to come.

“His plans for this season are amazing and it’s something I want to be a part of.

“I felt at home even before I signed and that was a big reason why I wanted to come down here on a permanent basis.”

The centre-back adds strength to Rovers’ defence following their relegation to League Two last season.

Long follows the arrivals of Harrison Biggins, George Miller, Luke Molyneux and Josh Andrews as Doncaster seek an immediate return to League One.

Manager Gary McSheffrey also told the club website: “He’s a good age. He’s played in a Wigan team that was really up against it during Covid when they were down near the bottom.

“He played 15 games or so and helped them to survival. He’s good when your backs are against the wall.

“Left-footed centre-backs are always good to give you that balance. And him being quite cultured and calm on the ball, it ticks all the right boxes.”

Strengthening Doncaster Rovers’ Defence

Long is a young centre-back who will be keen to get more first-team experience. He’s played 23 times for Wigan in total and had a loan spell with Notts County in 2020.

Ro-Shaun Williams and Joseph Olowu are currently Rovers’ starting pairing at the back with Ollie Younger often preferred at right-back. Club captain Tom Anderson has struggled with injuries over the past year and remains out.

Long stands at 6ft1 and watched Doncaster beat Championship Huddersfield Town 1-0 in a pre-season friendly at the Eco-Power Stadium on Saturday, July 16.

He made his Wigan debut at the age of 16 in 2017.