McCann in frame for key role at Wigan Athletic

Wigan's Chris McCann
Wigan's Chris McCann

CHRIS McCann could still have a key role to play at Wigan Athletic next season despite speculation linking him with a summer exit.

The 27-year-old has been touted as being in the sights of Leeds United, and a reunion with ex-Latics boss Uwe Rosler.

However, the Evening Post understands such talk is well wide of the mark and, as things stand, the ex-Burnley man will be staying put.

McCann has 12 months remaining on the three-year deal he signed in the summer of 2013.

Despite falling out of favour last term under Malky Mackay, he could benefit from a fresh start under new boss Gary Caldwell, a former team-mate at the DW.

Meanwhile, fellow Irishman James McClean appears to have strengthened his intention to quit the DW this summer.

Wigan’s Player of the Year is back in his native land ahead of next month’s friendly with England and crucial Euro ‘16 qualifier with Scotland.

And with one eye on next summer’s European Championships, he admits the prospect of playing in League One does not excite him.

“I’ve got to be selfish as I want to be the best player I can be,” McClean told the Derry Journal. “Obviously I’ve great aspirations at international level too.

“In order to realise those, it’s important I’m playing at the highest level possible. So with the greatest respect, that’s not in League One.

“I’ve made it clear that my wish is to return to the Premier League. But that’s out of my control.”