Sammon: No interest in Derby move

Wigan Athletic's Conor Sammon

Wigan Athletic's Conor Sammon

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CONOR Sammon insists he’s heard nothing about a possible loan move to Derby – and is fully focused on trying to break into the Wigan Athletic team for the new season.

The big Dubliner has been the subject of feverish transfer speculation over the summer, with the Rams believed to be keen on taking him to Pride Park on a temporary basis.

Derby were pipped to Sammon’s signature when he left Kilmarnock for the DW in January last year, and Nigel Clough has obviously remained a fan of the big Dubliner.

There were even reports last week that a six-month loan deal had been agreed – but Sammon has shot down any talk of him leaving Wigan this summer.

“I’ve not heard anything about that,” Sammon told the Evening Post.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m just totally focused on playing for Wigan, trying to break into the team, getting more starts and putting myself in contention.

“In the short term, my goals are to get my head down, get fit as quickly as possible, and trying to kick on.”

Last season was a frustrating time for Sammon, who didn’t manage to find the scoresheet despite some determined displays ploughing the lone furrow up top.

But he remains confident he can cut it in the Premier League, and is counting the days until the big kick-off against Chelsea on August 19.

“I’m really looking forward to the season. It’s a new start, a new slate,” he added.

“We’ve all had a good summer where all you want to do is switch off.

“But you come back for the first day of pre-season totally refreshed and raring to go for the new saeson.

The challenge is for the team to start the season as we finished last year, and hopefully we can knuckle down and make sure we do that.”

Meanwhile, Latics have been linked with Blackpool centre-back Alex Baptiste.