Deadline-day drama as Caldwell completes hat-trick

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell

GARY Caldwell pulled off a sensational hat-trick as Wigan Athletic ended the transfer window with a triple transfer coup.

The window slammed shut at 6pm with Latics having failed to announce a single signing.

But the real real drama was still to come, as three new players were duly unveiled.

First out of the traps was defender Andy Kellett, who joins from Bolton for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

The 21-year-old spent the second half of last term on loan at Manchester United, and will provide competition for Reece James down the left-hand side.

“Andy is one of those players we have been looking at for a while, and we’re delighted he’s become available,” said Caldwell.

“Hopefully he can develop here and start fulfilling his undoubted potential.”

Then, barely 15 minutes later, came the announcement Latics had completed the signing of Slovenian international forward Haris Vučkić.

The 23-year-old joins on a season-long loan from Newcastle, having spent the second half of last term with Scottish giants Rangers.

“Haris is a quality addition to our forward line, a creative player with an eye for goal,” said Caldwell.

“Newcastle rate him highly, but he needs to keep progressing and is looking to play as regularly as possible.”

Then, around 6.45pm, Latics completed their business with the capture of defender Jack Hendry from Partick Thistle for an undisclosed fee.

The 20-year-old, who recently faced his new team-mates when Thistle entertained Latics in a pre-season friendly, has penned a four-year deal despite reported interest from Everton.

“Jack is definitely one for the future, a defender with huge potential and one we have been watching,” added the Latics boss.

“There were other clubs interested so we’re delighted he has chosen to come to us.”

The treble swoop takes the total number of incomings this summer to a jaw-dropping 20.

All three players are available to make their debuts at Chesterfield this weekend.

To add icing to the cake, Latics also confirmed they have extended Sean Murray’s initial one-month loan from Watford, which was set to run out this week, until January.

Latics were unsuccessful in their attempts to land Huddersfield striker James Vaughan, although they will be able to bring in further reinforcements when the loan window reopens next week.