News today that Wigan Athletic central defender and occasional midfielder, Paul Scharner, has said he could potentially leave the club in the summer if they do not match his ambitions.
Paul Scharner – would you like to oppose this guy?
The 28-year-old was one of Wigan’s best players last season, but has just one year left on his current contract at the Lancashire club.
Paul Scharner has hinted he’s even willing to let his Wigan contract run down and invite offers from other clubs once he becomes a free agent.
“I’m happy, but let’s have a look at what the future brings, and what the club’s targets are.”
“Personally, I am a player who always tries to progress and develop.”
“Hopefully, Wigan want to progress into the top half of the table over the next couple of seasons, and if so, then we can talk about everything.”
Scharner was signed by Paul Jewell for Â£2M from Norwegian club Brann Bergen in 2006, and is currently on holiday in Austria, as he recovers from surgery on his nose, which he believes can even make him an improved player.
“It’s now easy to get more air to breathe.”
“Through the operation, I hope to have more quality of life, a higher life expectancy and a significant increase in my physical performance.”
“According to the doctor, it could increase my potential by up to 30 per cent.”
“That would be a milestone in my career, then I would have to redefine my goals.”
Sounds good to us.
Scharner has retired from playing international football for his country Austria, after falling out with the Austrian FA. He has labeled the Austrian set-up a shambles and blamed the unprofessionalism of the National FA, as the reason behind his decision.
The 28-year-old defender is not necessarily looking to leave the JJB Stadium this summer, as he recovers from a nose operation, but doesn’t seem willing to commit himself beyond next summer.
The Austrian said:
“Moving would be an option but I must emphasise that I’m at Wigan and still have a contract until the summer of 2009.”
“Afterwards I would be free so I expect that, in the winter, all hell will break loose.”
We’re not sure what Wigan’s ambition is, but we think Scharmer could do a job at Newcastle for Kevin Keegan, and if Newcastle are interested, it may be worth an enquiry now to see how the land lies with Paul.
He’s a good player, and at 6’3″ can be dominant at the back, and certainly has plenty of Premier League experience, having played for Wigan 78 times with 10 goals, since 2006.
Before moving to Wigan, Scharmer played for Norwegian club SK Brann, and before that played in Austria for SV Salzburg and Austria Wien.
If Scharner stays at Wigan, but doesn’t sign a new contract, he would be entitled to start talking to other clubs this coming January, and then could move next summer for free.
He was born in Scheibbs, Austria in March, 1980.