Versatile Midfielder Who Can Play In Forward Positions
Midfielder Dan Gardner joined Latics on a short-term contract in September 2020.
Gardner previously worked with manager John Sheridan at Oldham Athletic and assistant manager Leam Richardson at Chesterfield.
Gardner grew up in Manchester and was spotted playing for a local side by Scottish giants Celtic in 2008 and he earned a professional deal with the Hoops in 2008.
Released just over a year later, Gardner played football in non-league with Flixton before joining Crewe Alexandra for a brief spell in 2010, making his league debut for the Alex before leaving to join Droylsden.
Impressive form for Droylsden earned a move to Halifax Town and Gardner helped the Yorkshire side gain promotion to the National League. Midway through the following season, Chesterfield of League Two came calling and Gardner linked up with former Latics boss Paul Cook and players Samy Morsy and Gary Roberts to help the Spireites earn promotion to League One in 2014.
He was a part of the Chesterfield side which almost earned back-to-back promotions under Cook, though they lost to Preston North End in the League One play-off semi-finals in 2015.
A year later, Gardner scored for the Spireites in Latics’ memorable 3-2 win at the Proact Stadium in what turned out to be his penultimate season in Derbyshire as he moved to Oldham – following a brief loan spell at Bury – in 2017.
He played over 70 times for Oldham in two years at Boundary Park before leaving in 2019.