Zimbabwe international defender Tendayi Darikwa took to social media to share an emotional farewell message to the Wigan Athletic supporters after his departure was confirmed.
Wigan Athletic confirmed on Tuesday that their captain Darikwa will leave the Football Club at the end of his existing contract on June 30.
Darikwa’s departure comes following Latics’ relegation from the Championship, ending his two-and-a-half year stay at the club.
The 31-year-old arrived at the DW Stadium from then Championship side Nottingham Forest in January 2021, helping them escape relegation from League One in his first season before captaining them to the third tier title the following year.
Darikwa remained a regular this campaign but was unable to prevent the club dropping back down to League One and he departs after making 116 appearances during his time in Lancashire.
The Latics finished bottom of the Championship this season and will start next season in League One with a four point deduction after once again failing to pay the player’s wages on time this month.
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It was always going to be difficult for the Latics to keep hold of Darikwa this summer and given the club’s financial situation, it is no surprise to see many out-of-contract players depart.
The club paid a special tribute to Darikwa following confirmation of his departure.
💙 We would like to pay a special tribute to our outgoing captain Tendayi Darikwa for his excellent service over the last two-and-a-half years…
— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) May 23, 2023
Darikwa has been an excellent servant to the club and his leadership qualities were vital in the Latics avoiding relegation to League Two and their remarkable title win the following season.
He has won two previous promotions in his career with Chesterfield and Burnley and he will likely have no shortage of suitors this summer from clubs in the Championship and League One.