Kirkland hoping for new Latics deal
By Paul Farrington
Updated Wednesday, 26th October 2011
Chris Kirkland is hoping to extend his present contract, which expires at the end of the season, with the Latics .
The 30 year old goalkeeper returned from his loan spell with Doncaster after playing just one game for Rovers an suffering a recurrance of his on-going back problems.
However Kirkland is hoping to put his injury problems behind him, regain his place in the team, and push for a new deal.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Kirkland said: "First of all, I'd like to regain my place at Wigan and sign a new deal. I understand that teams are going to be suspicious, but I hope somebody will take a chance like did when I came here.
"That paid off for him and the club and whoever takes me will get a player that is ready to shine again. They will get a player who is hungry to put this behind me, too.
"If there was no end in sight, I would be devastated, but I know I am nearly there. People only need to see me training to see that.
"Over the period I've been out of the team at Wigan, I have been fit. Last season, I only missed 14 training sessions. This season, I hadn't missed a single one until I got injured with Doncaster.
"People are going to laugh, but I am more happy with my body now than I ever have been. I know I'm nearly there. People will say, 'how can he say that after everything that has happened?', but I know I am getting there. I will get there."
The Latics presently have four goalkeepers at the club, although Mike Pollitt is edging towards 40 and youngster Lee Nicholls is short on experience.