GARY Caldwell has left the door open for Emyr Huws to play for Wigan Athletic, despite labelling him as “disrespectful” when he left for Huddersfield Town on loan.
The Latics boss was annoyed by the midfielder’s demand for a move following the club’s relegation.
I have no doubts next season - when we are back in the Championship - that he can come and play for us thenGary Caldwell
But despite his anger, the Scot says the former Manchester City starlet will be welcome back to Wigan “when” the club is back in the second-tier.
“He’s a player I rate very highly,” said Caldwell.
“He is without doubt a top footballer - he’s very young and so he’ll improve.
“The season out on loan playing in the Championship will be great for him so I have no doubts next season - when we are back in the Championship - that he can come and play for us then.”
Caldwell revealed 21-year-old Huws, who arrived at Latics from Birmingham in 2014, ruled out playing football in League One as soon as Wigan’s relegation was confirmed, despite him not having played since last January due to an ankle injury.
“He had an injury last season so I didn’t get that opportunity and then at the end of the season, pretty much straight away he came to me and the chairman and said in no way could he play in League One which was disappointing,” explained Caldwell.
“I tried very hard to keep him to say that you have to help the club back to the Championship and to the Premier League - that’s the aim at this club - and we want people who are committed to that and doing everything they can to help us.
“He didn’t want to do it - that’s football - but we had to let the fans know that it wasn’t us that had decided to let him go - it was Emyr that wanted to go.”
The club last night (Thursday) announced that Huws was joining Huddersfield on loan with Terriers striker Jordy Hiwula arriving in a swap deal.
He spoke of his frustration of Huws refusing to play in League One, saying: “I feel that is disrespectful to his team mates, myself, the chairman and the supporters.
“He is a quality player but the bottom line is that we need 100 per cent commitment and every single member of the squad pulling in the same direction. It has been a disappointing situation but we have got a tremendous group of players in our dressing room and we move on.”
Caldwell also spokes of his excitement by the capture of 20-year-old Hiwula who came through the ranks at Manchester City’s academy.
He said: “Jordy’s a young player full of potential , he can play centrally or come in from wide,” said Caldwell.
“His football education has been excellent, coming through the City Academy where he was prolific at every age. His time at Walsall last season gives him crucial experience in this league and tells me he can continue to transfer that potential into goals for us. With Shaq Coulthirst possibly not returning, we needed to move quickly to fill the gap in the squad.”