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Bournemouth resign Wiggins


Cherries complete move for former left-back

AFC Bournemouth have completed the surprise signing of Sheffield Wednesday left-back Rhoys Wiggins on a two-and-a-half year deal.

Wiggins has struggled to get into Carlos Carvalhal’s Wednesday side this season, featuring nine times, and was keen to leave for more regular first-team football.

The 28-year-old previously had two loan spells with the Cherries, before signing permanently with the club in 2010 and then moving on to Charlton Athletic.

But boss Eddie Howe believes he can get the best out of the Welshman and can play a part in Bournemouth’s bid to stay in the Premier League.

Out of favour

Wiggins had done well with Charlton, earning his move to Sheffield Wednesday, but the club’s signing of Joe Bennett from Aston Villa earlier this month has pushed him down the pecking order.

Having previously won promotion to League One with the Cherries and named in the 2012 League One PFA Team of the Year at Charlton, Wiggins has earned his chance to play at the highest level when his career looked like it was beginning to stall.

“I am delighted, it’s a great opportunity for me. I had a brilliant time here before, as a young lad Bournemouth was the first real competitive team I had been involved with,” said Wiggins.

“Every year we were playing for something. The first was the great escape and then the year after I was part of the promotion-winning team.

“It’s really incredible to see where the club is now to where it was then. To see it now in the Premier League and to be a part of it is incredible.”

Bournemouth have already spent £16 million this month on Lewis Grabban and Benik Afobe, from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Norwich City respectively.




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