No Kirkland deal yet - Caldwell

Chris Kirkland
Chris Kirkland

GARY Caldwell says he’s still hopeful of bringing Chris Kirkland back to Wigan Athletic.

The 34-year-old, who spent six seasons at Wigan between 2006 and 2012, has been training with his old club after leaving Sheffield Wednesday this summer.

But the Latics chief says there is work still to be done to get a deal over the line.

“I obviously know Kirky very well, we had him in for training for a few days and he looked great,” said Caldwell.

“As yet we’ve not come to a deal but he’s somebody I respect and would do a great job for this club.

“Nothing’s happened but it’s still on the table.”

Latics lost two international stoppers this summer with Ali Al Habsi and Scott Carson joining Reading and Derby respectively.

They swooped for Richard O’Donnell, Walsall’s player of the year, earlier this summer on a Bosman free transfer to redress the balance.

But with 22-year-old Lee Nicholls the only other senior goalkeeper on the books – and with only 10 senior appearances for the club – Latics want to add experience and reliability to their roster.

Kirkland made 134 appearances during his first spell with Latics, the first nine of which came during his initial loan move from Liverpool which Paul Jewell quickly made permanent.

The arrival of Al Habsi in 2010 saw his first-team opportunities reduced, and it was no surprise to see him leave in 2012 to join Wednesday.