BLACKBURN Rovers captain Charlie Mulgrew has joined fellow Championship club Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan.

The 33-year-old arrived at Ewood Park from Celtic in August 2016 and has made 108 appearances in Rovers colours, scoring 27 goals.

Mulgrew was able to make the switch to the Latics from Rovers after the EFL confirmed they were satisfied Paul Cook's side had submitted the required documentation before Thursday's transfer deadline.

Capped 39 times by his country, Mulgrew will always be remembered for scoring the goal to secure Rovers' promotion from League One to the Championship alongside Wigan in 2018, and has scored 25 goals in 108 appearances for Tony Mowbray's men.

"It all came about really quickly. I received a couple of phone calls asking if I was interested and I'm here now," Mulgrew told Wigan's official website after making the change.

"It's all happened so quickly, but I'm happy to be here and I'm looking to do the best I can for Wigan.

"It's an opportunity I'm looking forward to and I'm ready to give everything I can for this club.

"It was a good battle in League One (against Wigan), I was talking to the manager about it and Wigan was always a team I was impressed with.

"The facilities, the stadium and the fans have all impressed me and I'm happy to take this opportunity to come to Wigan.

"The manager is a great character, you can see that straight away. As soon as you walk into the building you can sense a great atmosphere about the place and I'm looking forward to getting started."

Mulgrew's new side make the short journey to Preston North End tomorrow for the team's first away fixture of the season in the Sky Bet Championship, with Mulgrew fully familiar with North West derbies.

"I played against Preston a few times last year and it's always a tough game there. It's a big one and one I'm sure everyone he will be looking forward to."