MALKY Mackay has opened the door to the return of Grant Holt, insisting the striker remains ‘absolutely a Wigan Athletic player’.
Holt is currently on loan at Championship rivals Huddersfield, having fallen out of favour under previous boss Uwe Rosler.
The 33-year-old, who labelled Rosler’s treatment of him over the summer as ‘petty’, has been the catalyst for the Terriers climbing away from the foot of the table on the back of an initial seven-match unbeaten run.
Holt’s loan was extended until the end of the year, but the goalposts have moved considerably following Rosler’s recent removal.
And Mackay revealed the striker could still be given the opportunity to make a success of his Wigan career at the second time of asking.
“We’ll have to clear up the terms of the existing loan deal, I’m not too sure on the details,” Mackay told the Evening Post.
“But Grant Holt is absolutely a Wigan Athletic player, make no mistake about that.
“He is someone I don’t know personally, but I do know through my connections at Norwich City – with both of us having played down there – how well he did for them and overall in his career.
“There’s an understanding from me of what he brings in terms of goalscoring ability, and he’s still a Wigan player, very much so.”
In the meantime, Mackay will give all of his first-team squad the opportunity to show what they can do before he considers bringing in January reinforcements.
“We’ll obviously have a look at the squad first and foremost,” he added.
“It’s a squad full of talented players, but they need to show that on the field.
“If we feel it’s something that needs tweaking, I will go and speak to Mr Whelan about that.”