O’Donnell ready to hit the ground running

Richard O'Donnell
Richard O'Donnell

RICHARD O’Donnell believes Wigan Athletic are capable of hitting the ground running next term despite the huge turnover in players.

The 26-year-old ex-Walsall goalkeeper is one of two confirmed new signings so far, along with Blackpool midfielder David Perkins.

We’ll have a new playing squad, but I don’t see why that would hamper us next season

Richard O’Donnell

Chairman David Sharpe has admitted he expects to bring in as many as 15 new-boys this off-season, to offset the loss of nearly half of his playing squad.

But O’Donnell believes it’s possible for Latics to make the all-important good start to prove they are over the disappointment of relegation.

“It’s really important we start the season well,” he told the Evening Post.

“Bristol City made a great start last year, they managed to keep it going and they ran away with the title.

“We’ll have a new playing squad, but I don’t see why that would hamper us next season.

“That’s what pre-season’s for, to get to know each other and to work on things.

“There’ll be a lot of familiar faces from last season and hopefully they’ll help the new lads settle in as quickly as possible.”

O’Donnell says once he had spoken to the Latics delegation, there was only one place he wanted to continue his career.

“I spoke to Gary Caldwell, David Sharpe and Mike Pollitt, and they told me all about the club and where they see it going,” he added. “That really appealed to me. They want to get back into the Championship, and that matches my ambition.”