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CONNECTIONS: Wigan v Coventry City - We take a look at three players who have featured for both the Sky Blues and the Latics

7 April 2016

Tony Mowbray's men travel to table toppers Wigan Athletic this Saturday and we delve in to the squad history of both sides...

Ahead of Saturday afternoon's clash with the Latics, we feature the profiles of three men who have played for both sides. Including Wigan's current manager, Gary Caldwell. 

Marlon King

After some time away from the game, former manager Aidy Boothroyd invited King to train with Coventry City to regain his fitness. After impressing during a 'trial period' King entered in to contract talks and the striker signed a one-year deal in 2010.

King scored his first goal for the Sky Blues from the penalty spot to win a league game against Middlesbrough in December ’10, and finished the season as the club's top scorer with 13 goals. He was also chosen Player of the Year.

The striker had a fairly short-lived career at the Latics, making only 18 appearances and scoring once during 2008/09.

Gary Caldwell

The Scottish defender has long-standing ties with current Sky Blues manager, Tony Mowbray having played under him at Hibernian and a brief encounter at Celtic. 

During 2002-03 Caldwell spent a short loan spell at the Sky Blues, making 36 appearances under player/manager Gary McAllister. 

Caldwell signed for Wigan Athletic on a four-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee in January 2010 and went on to make 102 appearances for the side he now manages. 

After retiring as a player in February 2015, Caldwell formally joined the coaching staff at the Wigan Athletic academy. He was later appointed the new manager of Wigan Athletic in April 2015.

Arjan de Zeeuw

De Zeeuw started his career at Vitesse '22 in the Dutch amateur leagues and turned professional when he signed for Telstar in the Eerste Divisie in 1992. 

Joining Wigan in 1998, he soon became a vital team member proving to be highly dependable at the back, and received the club's Player of the Year award in 2001 and 2002. His contract with Wigan expired in the summer of 2002, and the following season, he moved on a free transfer to Portsmouth.

Whilst in his second stint at Wigan he started in the 2006 Football League Cup Final. In a poll to celebrate the centenary of the Professional Footballers' Association fans voted De Zeeuw to be the best player of all time for Wigan Athletic.

In June 2007, it was announced that De Zeeuw had signed a one-year contract with Coventry City. But with the season blighted by injury, the Dutchman only made 19 appearances. 

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