Luke Brennan has signed for Wigan Athletic following his release from Rovers.

The winger saw his 14-year association with Rovers come to an end when the club opted not to renew his contract.

Brennan penned a two-year professional deal with Rovers in 2020 after starring for the Under-18s, but leaves after five goals and six assists in 39 appearances for the Under-23s.

The 20-year-old failed to build on his first-team debut in October 2018, later loaned to AFC Fylde, and will join Wigan’s Academy ranks from July 1, subject to EFL and FA approval.

Brennan was key to Rovers’ run to the FA Youth Cup semi-finals in 2019/20, with the club having to fight off competition to land him on a professional deal.

But Brennan will now move on after two years as a pro at Ewood Park, and join Peter Murphy’s youth side at Wigan.

He was one of three players announced as signing for the Latics, along with Youssef Chentouf and Josh Stones

Academy Manager Gregor Rioch said: “We are delighted to have all three players join us on professional contracts.

“In the time we have spent with them, we have been impressed by their personal qualities as well as their clear ability as promising young footballers.

“We are really looking forward to working with Youssef, Luke and Josh.”

Brennan worked extensively with Mike Sheron prior to his release by Rovers.

And the Under-23s boss felt there would always be an opportunity for Brennan to land a new club after his release by Rovers.

His last act was to create the winning goal on the final day of the Premier League 2 season, as Rovers beat Chelsea 4-3.

On the back of that, Sheron said: “He was here when I started at the club six or seven years ago and I feel we’ve been on a journey together.

“While it’s disappointing for them to go on to pastures new, I think there should be excitement because they’ve been consistent, reliable and honest.

“I think there are definitely opportunities for them to develop careers and we wish them well.”

  • Sam Durrant has signed for Sheffield Wednesday and will become part of their Under-23s set-up following his release by Rovers.

Durrant was one of the players let go by Rovers at the end of their contracts, but he has got himself fixed up with a move to the Owls.

The 20-year-old played 29 times for Rovers Under-23s, having graduated through the Under-23s following his arrival at the club from Liverpool as a scholar.

Durrant spent time on trial with the Owls, scoring a stunning goal in their game with Millwall back in May. And he has impressed enough to earn him a permanent contract.


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