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Leon Balogun joins Rangers, sends farewell message to Wigan and Brighton

Leon Balogun
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Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun has expressed his appreciation to Wigan Athletics and Brighton and Hove Albion following his move to Rangers in the Scottish Premiership.

Balogun was on loan in the Championship with Wigan after finding playing time difficult to come by at parent club Brighton.

He joined the Seagulls in the summer of 2018 on a two-year deal from Bundesliga side Mainz 05, but was behind captain Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy which limited him to just 8 first team appearances, including a famous 3-2 win over Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United last season at the Amex Stadium.

Balogun will link up with fellow Super Eagles player Joe Aribo, with manager Stephen Gerard looking to disrupt Celtic’s domestic dominance.

“I want to say thank you and goodbye to Paul Cook and his staff, the team and the whole Tics Family It’s been a very short and super intense time and I’m happy to have played my part in it,” Balogun tweeted.

“Regardless, I will always remember this as a very special time in my career, in a very special place with a very special club full of very special people. Thank you WEgan, I salute you.

“[Looking forward to my next football adventure – news coming very very soon] As things have finally come to an end on this strange season I’d like to say thank you Brighton and every soul involved for opening the door for me to Premier League football.

“I’ve felt at ‘home’ from the first second of my time with the Seagulls; beating Man United in the Amex, having you guys singing my very own chant, playing at Anfield and of course scoring against Palace in front of you are memories I’ll carry with me forever. Thank you for making my time in your beautiful city a time I will never forget!”

Balogun featured in 11 games for the Latics with the former Premier League club relegated after being handed a 12-point deduction when they went into administration.

He has agreed on a two-years deal to play for Rangers.

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