Nicholls aiming to be Latics No.1

Lee Nicholls
Lee Nicholls

LEE Nicholls says he’s ready to make the Wigan Athletic No.1 jersey his own.

The 22-year-old made his first start in nearly 18 months against Brentford at the weekend, with boss Gary Caldwell giving youth a chance with an eye on next term.

All you can do is get your head down, keep working hard and hopefully I can get more appearances under my belt next season

Lee Nicholls

With Ali Al Habsi’s contract up and a huge question mark over Scott Carson’s future following relegation to League One, Nicholls is hoping there could be an opening for him having been a frustrated spectator under Uwe Rosler and Malky Mackay.

“Football is full of opinions, and I respect the opinions of all the managers I’ve played under,” he told the Evening Post.

“Obviously Scott and Ali are both great, very experienced goalkeepers so I couldn’t really complain about them playing ahead of me.

“All you can do is get your head down, keep working hard and hopefully I can get more appearances under my belt next season.

“I really can’t wait for next season to start. I just want to get back out there and play some more first-team games.”

Al Habsi confirmed yesterday via social media that his five-year stay at the DW Stadium has come to an end.

“I guess it’s time to say goodbye after a wonderful five years spent with #WAFC,” said the Oman international.

“I am proud I participated in more than 150 matches, which consisted of 100 matches in the Premier League.

“A big thank-you from the heart to the club and the fans for their continuous support and love.

“Without your provision and support, we wouldn’t have won the FA Cup and I wouldn’t have won the best player of the season award in 2011.”