City Seal Neil Deal

Last updated : 25 January 2002 By Andy Beill
After West Brom's James Quinn rejected a move to Hull, Wigan Athletic manager Paul Jewell allowed their 23-year-old forward Neil Roberts to a month's loan spell at Boothferry Park.

Roberts - capped by Wales at Under-21 and full level - began his career with Wrexham where he scored 25 goals in 72 starts. His form for the Dragons prompted Wigan to pay out £450,000 for him in 2000.

His appearances have been mainly restricted to the bench and he's scored twice for the Latics this season.

Tigers Chairman Adam Pearson confirmed the move: "Neil joins us on a short-term loan and I'm sure he'll be a great asset to us.
"Initially we weren't going to make a loan signing but Neil being available has changed all that.
"It's not often that you get the chance to sign someone of his quality and ability on a short-term basis and the fact that he joined Wigan from Wrexham for nearly £500,000 is testament to the high regard in which he is held.
"The opportunity to bring him on board arose because it was in all parties interest for the player to get some games under his belt.
"His presence is a massive boost for us at this stage and it's a great chance for him to put his injury problems behind him and get back on the scoring trail."

Meanwhile, fellow Welshman Mike Price has returned from Bournemouth after a trial spell, but the Cherries are interested in having another look at him.