Latics aim to get their pre-season spot on

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell

WIGAN Athletic will embark on a couple of pre-season tours to ready themselves for the new League One campaign.

Gary Caldwell’s men are due to return from their summer break on June 25, giving them six weeks to get back into the swing ahead of the big kick-off.

We had a lot of injuries coming off the back of last year’s pre-season, and we want to make sure that doesn’t happen again

David Sharpe

One of the trips is expected to be a fitness-based training camp abroad, while the other looks set to be a footballing-based exercise on British soil, with up to half a dozen friendly matches thought to be in the process of being arranged.

Latics are hoping the pre-season programme will run more smoothly than 12 months ago, when Uwe Rosler twice took the squad over to Germany.

There were numerous injury and fitness issues that affected the camp, culminating in one of the warm-up matches having to be scrapped at short notice.

That led to Latics being under-done when they kicked off their Championship campaign, and suffering an indifferent start from which they never fully recovered.

“We understand how important pre-season is,” acknowledged chairman David Sharpe.

“We had a lot of injuries coming off the back of last year’s pre-season, and we want to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

The 2015/16 Football League campaign gets underway on the weekend of August 8/9 and concludes on Sunday, May 3. The fixtures will be released on Wednesday, June 17.