GARY Caldwell has welcomed the return of striker Grant Holt to the Wigan Athletic first-team set-up – and rejected the idea he may be immediately farmed out on loan.
Holt made his first appearance for Latics in 10 months at Crewe in midweek, having recovered from a cruciate ligament injury.
The 34-year-old is desperate to make up for lost time, having spent much of the period since joining Latics in the summer 2013 on the outside looking in.
And boss Caldwell admits the return of Holt – and Don Cowie, who also made his first appearance of the season at Crewe – is a massive boost for the club.
“We’re going to need that experience as the season goes on,” acknowledged Caldwell.
“We’ve signed a lot of young players of great quality and massive potential.
“But it’s always good to have experience to guide them through certain situations.
“To have Grant and Don back in contention is a massive boost.” Holt has never been shy of his Cumbrian roots, and hosts a radio talk show in the area focused around Carlisle United. Carlise boss Keith Curle admitted last week he would be very open to the possibility of bringing Holt in on loan, if Latics were open to the idea.
But Caldwell has moved to nip such talk in the bud.
When asked was there a chance Holt could be loaned, out, Caldwell replied: “Not at all.”