WIGAN Athletic left back Stephen Crainey thinks the club’s pre-season trip to the USA has been a resounding success.
Owen Coyle’s men finished their tour with a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, making it three out of three.
And the pre-season campaign continues tonight at Leigh Sports Village with a friendly agaisnt Greek side, Atromitos.
Speaking about the tour, Crainey said: “The heat has been tough to play in, particularly when you’re training and playing to a high intensity.
“In those conditions it can be tough to get yourself going, but hopefully it will serve us well for when we’re back in the UK and we’ve got that fitness in the bank.
“We’ve got three games in the space of a week when we get back which will not only give us an indication of what to expect at times during the season but will also tell us how far we’ve come in our pre-season training and maybe what’s still to be done.”
A trip to Morcambe on Wednesday followed by a home tie with Dundee United will complete Wigan’s preparations before their opening Championship game at Barnsley on August 3.
Crainey thinks the team have gelled well on tour and will be tough to beat as they push for a return to the Premier League.
“The mood out here has been brilliant, everyone’s really bonded and there’s such a great atmosphere whenever we go to work – we’re really close as a group,” he said.
“I think we’re going to be a big scalp for teams this season.”