Former Leeds United captain Jason Pearce will be playing League One football with Wigan Athletic this season.
The great escape for Wigan Athletic proved too ambitious, with the Latics' relegation to League One confirmed last night.
It is the second drop in division Wigan have suffered in the last three seasons, with Rotherham's win over Reading sealing their fate.
For the players who joined the club in the January transfer window, it represents a failed transfer gamble, especially in the case of Jason Pearce.
The centre-back left Leeds United where he had begun the season as captain, but fallen out of favour under head coach Neil Redfearn.
After making the switch to Wigan, he told BeanBag Sports that it was the stability at the club which tempted him into signing, words which have come back to haunt him.
He said: "Coming to Wigan, it is a stable club, at Leeds it was all up in the air, no one knew what was going on with the ownership, they were bringing players in left, right and centre and as player you just want to be able to get on with your job."
While Leeds went onto put a winning run of games together and move clear of the relegation dogfight, Wigan had too much to do and Pearce was unable to prevent their demise. He put a brave face on it last night, sending out a tweet that he felt he made the right move still.
Sometimes you need to take one step backwards to go two forward. Positive future #life— Jason Pearce (@jpearce05) April 28, 2015
Midfield ace Rudolph Austin, who was touted to make the switch along with Pearce, may be thinking he has had a lucky escape after head coach Neil Redfearn demanded he stayed put.
After their relegation was confirmed last night, Leeds fans took to Twitter to mercilessly mock Pearce, who will now not be facing them at Elland Road next season.
That Jason Pearce is magic song we used to sing was true, within four months of joining he's made Wigan disappear #lufc— Luke (@luke_hill) April 28, 2015
Jason Pearce leaves Leeds and ends up going down how he's managed to have a worser season after leaving Leeds only God knows! #lufc— Scott Bish (@ScottBish7) April 28, 2015
To think Jason Pearce has ended up worse off leaving #lufc - That takes some doing this season.— I'd Radebe Leeds (@Radebe_Leeds) April 28, 2015