Championship newcomers Wigan Athletic have completed the temporary signing of Liverpool's Adam Bogdan. The oft-maligned Hungarian goalkeeper moves to the DW Stadium on a season-long loan deal and will compete with former teammate Jussi Jaaskelainen and Lee Nicholls for a starting berth under Gary Caldwell, having become surplus to requirements on Merseyside.
Bogdan was brought to Liverpool by Brendan Rodgers on a free transfer following the conclusion of his contract with Bolton Wanderers in June 2015, but played in just one Capital One Cup tie against Carlisle United before the manager was sacked and replaced by Jurgen Klopp.
He remained first choice in that competition by featuring in the narrow win over Bournemouth and the subsequent quarter-final thrashing of Southampton, but his first Premier League start at Watford proved an unmitigated disaster for his faint hopes of becoming first-choice number one.
Parachuted in as a replacement for the injured Simon Mignolet, the 28-year-old made a nightmare start by dropping an early corner with his first touch and failing to stop Nathan Ake notching the opening goal of a heavy 3-0 defeat. After that, and with Danny Ward establishing himself as chief back-up after an impressive loan stint north of the border at Aberdeen, his only appearances came in an FA Cup tie at Exeter City and a final-day draw with West Brom at The Hawthorns.
"When I look around it's the same as I trained for eight years at Bolton Wanderers," Bogdan, looking to add to his 20 caps for the Hungarian national team after being omitted from Bernd Storck's 23-man squad for Euro 2016, told Latics Player. "I expect a very similar setup, kind of like a family club. I know a lot of players, I know part of the staff as well so I'm expecting to have a good and successful time here."
Commenting on his new arrival, Caldwell said: "When we found out Adam was available, it was a move I really wanted to push through. He has great experience and will add immense competition for both Jaaskelainen and Nicholls, which is what you need to drive the club forwards. He obviously knows Jussi from his time at Bolton, he knows the area, the training ground is familiar to him and I'm sure he will be a great addition to the squad."
While the writing was probably already on the wall for Bogdan in terms of his Liverpool future, Klopp's decision to sign talented young stopper Loris Karius from Mainz in May confirmed the need to seek pastures new. He expressed his desire to leave on loan during a recent interview with Goal Hungary, also claiming that there was "not much point" in travelling to his parent club's upcoming International Champions Cup campaign in the United States while citing his lack of first-team appearances and the new signing as obvious indications that they did not count on him.