Caldwell working overtime

Wigan have swooped to land free agent Craig Davies, who left Bolton at the end of last season
Wigan have swooped to land free agent Craig Davies, who left Bolton at the end of last season

GARY Caldwell admits he’s working overtime as he oversees Wigan Athletic’s warm-weather training camp in La Manga with one eye on events at home.

The Latics chief has been putting his squad through their paces under the baking sun in south-east Spain.

It’s a real team effort, everyone helps

Gary Caldwell

And during breaks in play the 33-year-old has been keeping in touch with transfer dealings back in England.

That approach paid off again yesterday, with Latics confirming their seventh summer signing in the form of striker Craig Davies following his release by Bolton.

The Wales international became the second former Trotter to make the short trip to Wigan in the space of 24 hours, following the capture of forward Sanmi Odelusi.

And Caldwell admits the candle’s been burning at both ends this week as he attempts to improve the club on and off the field.

“I’ve been on the phone all the time while we’re away, in between doing the training sessions,” Caldwell told the Evening Post.

“But that’s why I’ve got great staff around me like Graham (Barrow) and Joe (Parkinson), and the fitness coaches and the physios. It’s a real team effort, everyone helps.

“If I need to be away somewhere, making calls, then I’ve no problems with the staff taking training.”

No sooner had Davies put pen to paper on a two-year contract than he was boarding a plane bound for the south of Spain to join up with his new team-mates.

He joins fellow new-boys David Perkins, Richard O’Donnell, Craig Morgan, Donervon Daniels, Max Power and ex-Bolton pal Odelusi.

Davies played against Latics twice last term, scoring Bolton’s second goal in the 3-1 victory at the Macron in November – Uwe Rosler’s last match in charge – as well as making a late substitute appearance in the 1-1 draw at the DW.

Latics have become Davies’ 14th club in a chequered 12-year career.

After coming through the ranks at Manchester City, he moved on to Oxford, Italian outfit Verona, Wolves, Oldham, Stockport, Brighton, Yeovil, Port Vale, Chesterfield, Barnsley, Preston and Bolton, who paid £300,000 for his services in January 2013.

He made only 58 appearances in two-and-a-half years at the Macron, with boss Neil Lennon expressing concern earlier this year about his persistent hamstring trouble.

But the Burton-born target man, who has seven international caps for Wales, is determined to kickstart his career with Latics under the watchful eye of Caldwell.