LEE Nicholls says he’s ready to make the Wigan Athletic No.1 jersey his own.
The 22-year-old made his first start in nearly 18 months against Brentford at the weekend, with boss Gary Caldwell giving youth a chance with an eye on next term.
All you can do is get your head down, keep working hard and hopefully I can get more appearances under my belt next seasonLee Nicholls
With Ali Al Habsi’s contract up and a huge question mark over Scott Carson’s future following relegation to League One, Nicholls is hoping there could be an opening for him having been a frustrated spectator under Uwe Rosler and Malky Mackay.
“Football is full of opinions, and I respect the opinions of all the managers I’ve played under,” he told the Evening Post.
“Obviously Scott and Ali are both great, very experienced goalkeepers so I couldn’t really complain about them playing ahead of me.
“All you can do is get your head down, keep working hard and hopefully I can get more appearances under my belt next season.
“I really can’t wait for next season to start. I just want to get back out there and play some more first-team games.”
Al Habsi confirmed yesterday via social media that his five-year stay at the DW Stadium has come to an end.
“I guess it’s time to say goodbye after a wonderful five years spent with #WAFC,” said the Oman international.
“I am proud I participated in more than 150 matches, which consisted of 100 matches in the Premier League.
“A big thank-you from the heart to the club and the fans for their continuous support and love.
“Without your provision and support, we wouldn’t have won the FA Cup and I wouldn’t have won the best player of the season award in 2011.”