Pollitt: Latics can be top 10

Latics keeper Mike Pollitt

Latics keeper Mike Pollitt

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MIKE Pollitt reckons there’s no reason why Wigan Athletic shouldn’t be targeting a top-10 finish next term.

The 40-year-old this week put pen to paper on another 12-month contract extension at the DW.

He remains the club’s longest-serving player, having joined Wigan from Rotherham in the summer of 2005.

And having helped the side finish 10th in his first campaign – Wigan’s first in the top flight – Pollitt sees no reason why they can’t repeat the trick next term.

“The gaffer talks about aiming for the top 10 and, to be honest, I don’t see why that can’t be a realistic target,” Pollitt said.

“It would certainly have been within reach if the season had started in January, so we need to try and hit the ground running come August and see if we can do it.”

The form during the second half of last term – when Wigan dragged themselves off the canvas with seven wins from their last nine matches – was more Champions League than relegation zone.

But the veteran goalkeeper insists confidence in the camp never waned – even when the side were written off by many as relegation certainties as late as March.

“People were saying we were dead and buried by Christmas, but the spirit we showed really pulled us through,” he added.

“The team as a whole showed great character when the others least expected it.

“We went into some tough games needing results against the league’s big teams – and we got them.

“It was a tremendous achievement, and if we can keep together the group of players who were featuring in those final months of the season then hopefully we can push on even further this time round.”