Wigan Athletic midfielder Tom Naylor has signed for National League side Chesterfield on a free transfer, as confirmed via a statement on the clubs website.
The central midfielder featured predominantly for Wigan Athletic in the Championship last season, but following the clubs off the field antics, he has decided to make the switch into the National League, ahead of the new season.
Who is Tom Naylor?
The 31-year-old is a product of Mansfield Town’s academy, before making a six-figure switch to Derby County in 2012. However, he spent the entire time out on loan at various clubs, before leaving to join Burton Albion in 2015 on a free transfer.
He spent three years at the club, before spending a further three years at Portsmouth, before signing for Wigan Athletic in 2021. Last season, Naylor made 38 appearances for the club, scoring three goals and assisting another.
A big summer ahead
Wigan Athletic losing a player like Tom Naylor is certainly not the news that they’d have hoped for, following their relegation into League One.
However, Wigan have been boosted by the news that the club are no longer under a transfer embargo, meaning they will be able to source a replacement, ahead of the new season but that’s much easier said than done.
What’s been said?
Naylor has been speaking to the club, following the announcement and he stated…
“It’s a great opportunity for me to come home. With what is going on at the club, it’s an exciting time.
“The gaffer is an experienced manager who has managed some big teams and been promoted a few times. I nearly signed for him at Wigan and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Personally I do believe this is an outstanding signing for Chesterfield, especially in the National League and has turned them into title contenders in my honest opinion.
Naylor made 36 league appearances last season in the Championship and has now moved to Chesterfield in order to take them back into the football league next season.