Caldwell seeking home comforts after training in Spain

Gary Caldwell at Christopher Park
Gary Caldwell at Christopher Park

WIGAN Athletic will step up their preparations for the new season back on home soil today after a successful week of warm-weather training in Spain.

Latics have spent the past week over in La Manga, with boss Gary Caldwell delighted with the ‘real good attitude’ shown by his men.

The programme included tactical and technical work, in addition to the continuation of the fitness and conditioning started at Christopher Park.

And Latics ended the trip on a high courtesy of a 2-1 behind-closed-doors victory over Hibernian.

Having fallen behind thanks to a goal from former Latics midfielder Fraser Fyvie, Caldwell’s charges soon levelled through substitute Martyn Waghorn after good work from Tim Chow.

And Waghorn popped up with the winning goal late on, taking advantage of a nice lay-off from Billy Mckay.

There will be no let-up in the pre-season programme with the players back in England, with the first official friendly taking place tomorrow night at Altrincham.

Latics will also travel to Southport on Saturday before embarking on a training camp in Scotland next week, with matches scheduled against Partick Thistle and Dundee.

Meanwhile, Latics have reportedly stepped up their efforts to land striker Will Grigg from Brentford, with a fee in the region of £1million close to being agreed.

Ipswich attacker Paul Anderson is also thought to be on the club’s radar after he turned down a move to Charlton.

They have brought in seven summer recruits so far, with a tribunal expected soon to decide a fee for Max Power.

Chairman David Sharpe had said he wanted to bolster the squad with 15 signings before the new season starts.

Former Latics star Lee McCulloch has signed a three-year deal with Kilmarnock as player-assistant manager after leaving Rangers earlier this summer.