Pollitt signs new deal

Mike Pollitt is staying with Wigan Athletic for another season
Mike Pollitt is staying with Wigan Athletic for another season
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MIKE Pollitt has shelved all talk of retirement and committed to another year at Wigan Athletic.

The veteran goalkeeper’s annual 12-month extension has become as regular a part of the summer months as the new fixture lists coming out.

And Pollitt insists there’s plenty of life left in the old dog after agreeing to extend his Latics career into an eighth campaign.

“I’m delighted,” Pollitt told the Evening Post. “There’s been one or two other clubs enquiring, but I wanted to stay and I’m more than happy to sign for another year.

“People ask when I’m thinking of stopping, but I feel fit and I want to keep playing.

“If I still feel as though I’ve got something to offer at 40 years of age, goodness knows what I’ll be like at 45 – people will start calling me Peter Pan!

“But in all seriousness I just want to keep going for as long as I can, and I’m still enjoying what I’m doing at the club.

“Goalkeepers nowadays tend to go on for longer and, if I can keep taking care of myself, I see no reason why I can’t.”

Pollitt, who was signed from Rotherham by Paul Jewell in the summer of 2005, played the role of a frustrated spectator for much of last season.

Thanks to the remarkable consistency shown by Ali Al Habsi, the Farnworth-born custodian failed to make a single appearance for the first time during his DW career.

But the hunger within him remains as strong as it’s ever been to fight for the No.1 shirt.

“It was frustrating not getting any minutes on the pitch last season, but you keep working hard and keep pushing all the lads to give 100 per cent,” he added.

“It’s been difficult to get in the team when you have Ali in the kind of form he’s been in, so there’s no complaints on that side of things.

“But I don’t want to just accept that’s the way things will be – and I’ll get ready to go again next season and fight for my place in the team.

“I feel as fit now as I have done in a long time. I think back 10 years ago and I’m doing so much more now to look after myself.

“Having pilates sessions at the training ground has helped, but in general I do like to keep fit. During the off-season I’m in the gym every day and watching what I eat to stay as fit as possible.

“I actually feel as though I’m still improving as well to be honest with the new techniques the gaffer and Inaki (Bergara – goalkeeping coach) have introduced.

“Beforehand it was a more old-fashioned style that you would train towards – kicking it long and pushing the play up the pitch.

“The gaffer wants us all to be able to play a bit more and focus on possession play, so my foot-work is incredible compared to what it was four or five years ago – which comes down to the work we do on a daily basis.”