Rosler ‘hopeful’ of securing Watson deal

Uwe Rosler
Uwe Rosler

UWE Rosler wants FA Cup hero Ben Watson to keep Wigan Athletic on the Wembley trail tonight – before pledging his long-term future to the club.

Watson, Wigan’s Wembley wonder from last May, is out of contract at the end of the season.

The 28-year-old is reportedly being courted by several clubs who could take him on a Bosman free transfer in the summer.

But Rosler is desperate to keep Watson at Wigan for the rest of his career.

And the Latics chief hopes THAT goal against Manchester City back in May will persuade him to commit his future to the DW.

“Ben has very nice memories of the competition, he definitely wants to play tonight and he will play because he needs the minutes,” Rosler recognised.

“We’ve had talks with Ben’s agent over a new contract, but we’re not there so far.

“I did get the impression he’d like to stay, and we’d certainly like him to stay.

“He’s a good age in terms of the fact he’s got some good years in front of him.

“We will make Ben an attractive offer, but there is a limit. We don’t want to end up like the club down the road.

“It’s unfortunate that a player of this stature is so close to the end of his contract, but it happened before I came.

“Within 10 days I said I wanted to continue working with him. So it’s up to him now.”

Rosler has again pledged to make changes for tonight, with Nick Powell back in the fold after missing the first game against MK Dons through injury.

James Perch was also in the squad that travelled despite being forced off at half-time against Bournemouth at the weekend with a leg injury.