New-boy O’Donnell warns of challenge next term

Richard O'Donnell
Richard O'Donnell

WIGAN Athletic new-boy Richard O’Donnell insists League One should not be taken lightly.

O’Donnell joined Latics from Walsall earlier this month after two years at the Bescot Stadium.

He was voted the Saddlers’ Player of the Year last term for a string of consistent displays which unfortunately failed to see his side clinch a play-off berth.

And he says anyone at Wigan believing they’re in for an easy ride next season following relegation from the Championship needs to have a rethink.

“There are a lot of good teams in the division and I don’t think it’s to be underestimated,” he said.

“There are a lot of teams that like to play football but, at the same time, it’s a division that you can get out of if you do play the right way.

“And that’s the way I believe Wigan Athletic are going to go about it.

“From the club’s point of view, it’s exciting and it’s something the club is more than capable of doing.”

O’Donnell joined Latics shortly after Ali Al Habsi confirmed his departure after five years at the DW.

Scott Carson is also expected to move on this summer, but O’Donnell looks set to face stiff competition from Lee Nicholls for the No.1 jersey.

“I’ve had a couple of years of playing every single game, but I never shy away from competition,” he added.

“The aim is to play every week, but I know that’s something I’ll have to earn.”