CHRIS Kirkland admits his loan move to Leicester did him few favours, but the big goalkeeper remains determined to fight for his Wigan future.
Kirkland is back from a nightmare month at the Walkers Stadium, a couple of back niggles restricting him to just two-and-a-half appearances for his home-town club.
“The move didn’t start or end the way I hoped it would, and I’m just sorry it didn’t work out better for all parties,” Kirkland told the Observer.
“I’m grateful to Sven-Goran Eriksson and Leicester for giving me the chance, and it was great to play for my home-town team.
“But I’m back now and I just need to concentrate on getting back into the Wigan team.”
Kirkland was hoping to pick up some match sharpness with the Foxes to help him regain his Wigan jersey from Ali Al Habsi.
But his injury jinx put paid to his hopes of being able to hit the ground running on his return.
“It was so frustrating but there you go, you’ve got to keep going and I’ll be doing that,” he added.
“The aim of going out was with a view to coming back and getting in the Wigan team, and that’s still the aim. It is good to be back and I just want to help the team as best I can.”