Ex-Sunderland midfielder Darron Gibson training with Wigan Athletic

Darron Gibson pictured playing for Sunderland.
Darron Gibson pictured playing for Sunderland.
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Former Sunderland midfielder Darron Gibson is training with Wigan Athletic as he looks to get his career back on track.

The 30-year-old is available on a free after his contract was terminated by Sunderland earlier this year after he was charged with drink driving.

The experienced former Manchester United and Everton midfielder is training with Paul Cook's Wigan side as they prepare for the Championship campaign.

Triallist Gibson could be involved for Wigan in their pre-season friendly away to Tranmere on Saturday afternoon.

In May, Gibson was spared jail after he admitted a second drink-drive charge in less than three years.

The 30-year-old was three times over the limit when he smashed his Mercedes 4x4 into parked cars on St Patrick's Day, South Tyneside Magistrates' Court was told.

The incident in Sunderland followed a serious collision in 2015 when his car hit three cyclists who were fixing a wheel on the pavement.

Gibson knocked a taxi's wing mirror off in West Boldon in the latest incident.

But he carried on and smashed into parked cars in Dovedale Road, Fulwell, Sunderland, as he drove to the club's training ground.

His grey 4x4 ended up on the pavement, and the road was strewn with debris.

Sunderland suspended the Republic of Ireland international on full pay and announced they were to launch an internal investigation following the March 17 crash.

His contract was later terminated.

Gibson joined Sunderland from Everton in January 2017 as part of a £7.5million double deal involving Bryan Oviedo. He was handed an 18 month contract which was due to expire this summer.

In total, he made 30 appearances for the Black Cats.

In July last year Gibson caused controversy when he was filmed making "making foul-mouthed and derogatory comments" about his team and fellow players.