Chey Dunkley has said his goodbyes to former club Oxford United following their promotion to the third tier of English football.
The 25-year-old was apparently offered a competitive offer to remain at the Kassam Stadium, but he opted otherwise after he received an approach from the former FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic. The Latics have not had a sound season ever since their relegation from the top flight, and they are back in League One following their failure to survive in the Championship last term.
The Latics will be hoping for immediate promotion just as they achieved during the 2015/16 season, and this has urged them to recruit the best talents in and around their domestic division. Dunkley, who made 96 appearances for Oxford across all competitions, left his farewell message on his Twitter handle.
The statement read: “So much to say, but we’ll keep it professional. I’d like to start by thanking everyone associated with Oxford United FC including the staff, players and the fans during my time at the club.
“The last couple of years have been exciting and given me memories I’ll forever cherish. I am very thankful to be a part of the journey on the club’s way up, and also the opportunity that was put forward by the club.”
The defender’s departure is likely to be a huge blow for Oxford United with Liam Sercombe and Joe Skarz having recently left for Bristol Rovers and Bury respectively. Dunkley turned down multiple contract discussions with Oxford as early as December, and this clearly stated his ambition to switch to a bigger challenge.Wigan will be among the favourites to return to the Championship via an automatic qualification spot next season.