Wigan Athletic back in training... but who will stay and go?

Wigan Athletic players were reporting back to training today - but who is likely to stay at the club for the forthcoming League One campaign?

Wednesday, 12th August 2020, 8:14 am
Updated Wednesday, 12th August 2020, 10:20 am
Leam Richardson, Paul Cook's former assistant, wipes down equipment when the squad returned after the lockdown in early summer. He will take charge of training
Leam Richardson, Paul Cook's former assistant, wipes down equipment when the squad returned after the lockdown in early summer. He will take charge of training

Joe Gelhardt has joined Leeds United this week and many others have been linked with moves away. Here, Paul Kendrick looks at the squad and predicts who will stay and who will go...

DAVID MARSHALL - Enjoyed a brilliant debut season but will be one of the top earners and has his admirers.

Verdict: Go

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JAMIE JONES - Dependable back-up for three seasons and another 12 months on contract.

Verdict: Stay

OWEN EVANS - Highly-rated Wales junior, gained lower-league experience last term and now ready to challenge.

Verdict: Stay

NATHAN BYRNE - Unsung hero, player’s player of the season again, one of few not to be linked elsewhere, but too good for League One.

Verdict: Go

ANTONEE ROBINSON - Only a failed medical prevented January exit, and has a long line of suitors led by Sheffield United - especially at knockdown fee.

Verdict: Go

TOM PEARCE - Been on sidelines for most of first season with Latics but needs to play more regularly now.

Verdict: Stay

CEDRIC KIPRE - Didn’t put a foot wrong during second half of season and has attracted PremierLeague interest.

Verdict: Go

CHEY DUNKLEY - Broke his leg in February and out of contract this summer. Wouldn’t be a surprise to see something agreed – pending ownership.

Verdict: Maybe

DANNY FOX - Another out of contract and, given his injury record, may be forced to look elsewhere for a new contract.

Verdict: Go

KAL NAISMITH - Become Latics’ Mr Dependable and looks to have a big role to play next term – if he isn’t snapped up.

Verdict: Stay

SAM MORSY - Ideal man to build the new-look Latics around – question is can the club fight off interest in him in its weakened state? Very wishful thinking.

Verdict: Go

JOE WILLIAMS - Another with a relegation clause in his contract - £2.5million - which makes him extremely vulnerable.

Verdict: Go

LEE EVANS - Didn’t get as many starts last season as he’d have liked – could become a mainstay moving forwards.

Verdict: Stay

LEWIS MACLEOD - After starting the season strongly, dropped off the radar and already confirmed he won’t be staying on.

Verdict: Go

JOSH WINDASS - Spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, and permanent move looks inevitable.

Verdict: Go

GARY ROBERTS - Annual 12-month extension would ordinarily have been a formality. But goalposts have moved.

Verdict: Maybe

ANTHONY PILKINGTON - Impressed when fitness permitted but, given high wages, a contract extension is not on the cards.

Verdict: Go

MICHAEL JACOBS - Out of contact and remains to be seen if option for extra 12 months will be taken up.

Verdict: Maybe

GAVIN MASSEY - Just didn’t get going at all last year and could benefit from a reset in League One.

Verdict: Stay

JAMAL LOWE - Took time to get going after arriving last summer, but late-season form alerted would-be suitors.

Verdict: Go

JOE GARNER - Surprisingly signed a new 12-month deal the week before administration, or had been expected to leave for pastures new.

Verdict: Stay

KIEFFER MOORE - Offer already accepted from QPR, and only doubt now whether other clubs come in to match it.

Verdict: Go