Following the departure of Roberto Martinez and the end of the road for a number of out of contract players, new manager Owen Coyle has a significant job in recruiting players for the forthcoming season.
Ordinarily the job would be difficult enough but the consideration of European football means the job is ever more difficult given the number of games.
The 27 year old goalkeeper joins the club on a three year contract from Turkish club Bursapor for a fee believed the be in the region of £700,000.
Speaking about his return to English football, Carson told the club's official website: “I’m over the moon to join the club and for sorting the whole move out. Now the focus is to get my head down and start working hard in time for the new season.“Coming into a squad with a new look to it is exciting. There are plenty of players coming in at the moment, but there are also a number of guys here who have been at the club for a long time so I’m sure they’ll help lads like myself settle in, and right now I can’t wait to start getting involved. “Everyone talks about how tough the league is and they’re right, you have to be at your best if you’re going to come out on top and with a lot of games to play it’s going to be really demanding on us this year.”
It is unclear at the moment if the arrival of Scott Carson means the end of the road for Ali Al Habsi with the Latics or if Owen Coyle is expecting the duo to battle with Lee Nicholls and Mike Pollitt for the number one jersey.
Given that it was Coyle who allowed Al Habsi to leave former club Bolton for the Latics it appears as though the writing may be on the wall for the Oman international, particularly given the number of Premier League clubs interested in his signature.