Wigan’s Paul Scharmer Could Become Free Agent


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.

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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.

Scharner said:

“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 £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.

He said:

“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.

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19 comments so far

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #1

    nar there is betta out there but has experience nd maybe cud be alreet but wudnt be a player i wud sign but we r desperate 4 defenders. we shud sign this kid http://youtube.com/watch?v=y6Yj7GoXPZw&feature=related quality.

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  • geordiegraham

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #2
  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Please NO!!!! lets stick with Quality and TALENT no matter what position the club look at!!!

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  • Leo

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #4

    oh im overwelmed by this one lol… well its defence keegan isnt really bothered i guess he wants all his money spent on attack attack attack

    and i love that

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  • Arshavin4Toon

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #5

    he seems a decent and useful squad player for us. experienced, versatile, no-nonsense and has an eye for goal too. get him for free is cool but i’d rather test wigan first by a 2m bid this summer.

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  • Steve

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Not a bad player… Could do with playing in a better team… Not exactly showing an ambition to become world beaters if we sign him…

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  • reb

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #7

    this guy is one of the most underrated players in the league! snap him up, a steady influence and a leader, something we have been desperately short of the last few years!

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  • Tom

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #8

    who’s paul scharmer? I think you mean paul scharner.. and no thanks!

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  • seetow

    Jun 14, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #9

    yes i agree with you reb, this guy is a consistent and good defender or holding midfielder, a good all round squad player and rarely makes mistakes! definitely better than what we usually do.. i really rate him in the wigan squad. (even though it’s just wigan)

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  • Seymour Butts

    Jun 14, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #10

    wow geordie graham that kerlon fellas amazing. Love it when that guy takes him out when he’s doing the seal dribble – quality. Sign Him Up!

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  • Tom

    Jun 14, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Nice that ppl keep nickin my name!

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  • beye the great

    Jun 14, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #12

    gd player can any 1 who sees this please log on to toon ultras.com

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  • iain

    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #13

    always liked sharner, nufc could use a character like him and hes a good enough player.

    look how many clean sheets wigan got in the last 10 games last season(we had less all season i think), he cant be that bad then.

    everton have been after him for ages, and tbh moyes hasnt been wrong yet on this sort of utility player has he, yet instead of people like lescott/jagielka/neville nufc chase rozehnal cacapa etc and look where its got us. we cant sit here praising everton and moyes then turn our noses up at the sort of players that got them where they are, thinking were better every time than someone like scharner makes us look very very stupid to other football fans.

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  • iain

    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #14

    on the subject of new players is it just me or does gomis look like shola with long hair playing for france. been terrible bar two shots in the warm ups vs equador that got him goals. he looks an ok player in french league but his movement at times is non existent.

    hopes hes just caught maloudaitis, which seems to have infected the entire french sqaud these euros. the disease is more commonly known in england is sholaitis or the lazy disease.

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  • George Wraith

    Jun 14, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Nowt against Scharner but I hope Newcastles ambitions are for players of higher quality than he is.

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  • Spyro

    Jun 14, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #16

    yes, as i predicted, gomis has been poor for france. Domenech is a poor manager, i have always said it. what sort of manager brings on an unproven striker when you really need a goal?! Even Benzema would have been a better choice

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  • Bill F SPLASH THE CASH ASH

    Jun 14, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #17

    I think it would be wrong to judge Gomis on the Dutch game. I reckon Domenech cocked up by bringing on Anelka instead of some one like Nasri. There was nothing coming from midfield although Ribery was pure class and must have ran twice as far as anyone else on the pitch.

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  • The Entertainers

    Jun 14, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #18

    I can see the thinking behind this one, average quality, average experience, average player. But could do a job on the bench.

    My argument would be i’d rather the money and less wages be spent on an up and coming youngster from the lower divisions. Lets face it he may be a free transfer, but any sell on value would be minimal too. A youngster would always have the potential to bring in a profit.

    I said profit, can any Newcastle fans remember what one of those was?……

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  • shearer 4 pm

    Jun 14, 2008 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #19

    geordiegraham – if newcastle signed that guy he would be physicall unable to play after the first game, guys in the premiership would kick him from pillar to post, he would be useless

    plus smog country wanted him not too long ago

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