Sharpe: Latics’ loan stars have a point to prove

James Tavernier while on loan at Bristol City
James Tavernier while on loan at Bristol City
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DAVID Sharpe says all of the players Wigan Athletic loaned out last term will be back at the DW Stadium this summer with a clean slate and a point to prove.

A number of players were offloaded midway through last term to make way for Malky Mackay’s raft of January signings.

They’ll all be in for the start of pre-season on June 25, and they’ll all be big players for us next season

David Sharpe

Oriol Riera returned to La Liga with Deportivo La Coruna, Andy Delort was jettisoned back to France and his former club Tours, Rob Kiernan moved to Birmingham and James Tavernier helped Bristol City win promotion to the Championship – ironically at Wigan’s expense.

But with Gary Caldwell now installed in the hotseat, Sharpe says the returning quartet could all have key roles to play in the ‘New Era’ at Wigan.

“They’re all coming back,” Sharpe told the Evening Post.

“They’ll all be in for the start of pre-season on June 25, and they’ll all be big players for us next season.

“You’ve seen Rob and James go out and do well at their loan clubs, and Riera’s also done well back in La Liga.

“They’re still big assets for the football club, and we have to use them well.

“I’m sure Gary will get the best out of them.”

Riera, Delort and Tavernier only lasted a matter of months at the DW after arriving last summer for a combined fee of around £5.5million.

Kiernan had been expected to be a big player last term but, after a promising start, fell out of favour following the departure of Uwe Rosler in November.