Released by Wigan Athletic, Wabara was a summer target for Leeds United but remains without a club.
Wabara (far right) celebrates with his Wigan teammates
The case of Reece Wabara is a curious one: Freed by Wigan Athletic last summer and a subsequent target for Leeds United, the 24-year-old remains without a club ahead of the two sides' meeting on Tuesday.
Gary Caldwell, the Wigan Athletic boss, previously admitted via Wigan Today the decision to release Wabara was his biggest of the closed season, but felt it better that the player pursued the "different offers" he had available at the time.
Wigan boss Caldwell
One of those, it seems, was from Leeds United, with Bristol City also keen according to HITC sources. Having been signed by Leeds chief executive Ben Mansford while at Barnsley last season, the Whites' interest was perhaps little surprise.
In late July, however, the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Leeds - or more accurately, Leeds' head coach Garry Monk - had pulled out of a deal for Wabara, along with Fleetwood's Conor McLaughlin, believing the right-back did not possess the sufficient quality to enhance the Whites' squad.
Leeds subsequently signed Bristol City's Luke Ayling, while the Robins brought back Sunderland's Adam Matthews
A former Manchester City trainee and England Under-20 international, the fact that Wabara remains without a club is a little strange, especially given his role in Wigan and Barnsley's promotions last season.
Wabara jokes with Manchester City teammate Joe Hart
However, a series of post-transfer window tweets from the Worcestershire native - who is the founder and CEO of clothing company Manière De Voir - have made his predicament somewhat easier to understand.
I wonder... If I didn't have a successful business, would I still be a free agent although I got in TOTY and promoted with two clubs— Reece Wabara (@ReeceWabara) September 1, 2016
Yet my "desire" is questioned? I get disrespectful offers due to the fact I have other income. I'm a man of principles and that's not right.— Reece Wabara (@ReeceWabara) September 1, 2016
I've been asked countless times, why didn't you stay at Wigan, You had a great season? Your guess is as good as mine.— Reece Wabara (@ReeceWabara) September 1, 2016
Catch 22. You use your brain and create something for the long term, but your desire for football gets questioned? Accolades don't lie— Reece Wabara (@ReeceWabara) September 1, 2016
Some people say to me. You only do short term contracts. 6 months at Barnsley on 0 salary/pay as you play. 6 months at Wigan not my choice.— Reece Wabara (@ReeceWabara) September 1, 2016
If any of you would sign a contract for longer than 6 months where you only get paid if you play. Speak up.— Reece Wabara (@ReeceWabara) September 1, 2016
So in regards to my "desire" The first 6 months of the season I was on 0 salary. Find another player who's done that for the love of ⚽️— Reece Wabara (@ReeceWabara) September 1, 2016
People say. "You don't need to play now your business does well" Do players on 100k a week need to play? Does their desire get questioned?— Reece Wabara (@ReeceWabara) September 1, 2016