Mac: League can be only aim next season

Wigan Athletic's James McArthur

Wigan Athletic's James McArthur

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JAMES McArthur admits Wigan Athletic will be putting all their eggs in the promotion basket next season.

Latics paid a high price for spreading themselves across five competitions last term, coming up agonisingly short at the end of a 62-game campaign that saw them reach the semi-finals of the play-offs and the FA Cup.

It means another year of Championship football for Latics, and McArthur feels lessons will have to be learned over the summer.

“The league has to be the only aim for us next year,” he told the Evening Post.

“Obviously last season we had the defence of the FA Cup and the Europa League to contend with, and it’s natural for you to want to well in every match.

“But next year the priority has to be getting promoted into the Premier League.”

That will be easier said than done with several stars, including Player of the Year Jordi Gomez, out of contract and attracting rival interest.

However, the turnover in players is not expected to be anywhere near as bad as last summer, and McArthur is confident Uwe Rosler will have the team ready to pick up where they left off at the end of last term.

“We’ve lost a few players again this summer, and we’ll be needing to add some numbers to the squad,” the Scotland international added.

“Some of those who are out of contract have been big players for this club, and if they move on they’ll take some replacing.

“But the new manager will have that in hand and he’ll make sure the squad is even stronger at the start of next season.

“He’s been brilliant ever since he’s been here, got us playing really well and we want to take that into next season.”