Pollitt pens new Wigan contract

21 May 2010 10:58
Wigan goalkeeper Mike Pollitt has signed a new contract to keep him at the DW Stadium for another season.[LNB] The 38-year-old's days at the club appeared to be numbered when manager Roberto Martinez brought in Vladimir Stojkovic on loan from Sporting Lisbon in January to be Chris Kirkland's deputy.[LNB]However, the Serbian played six matches, never kept a clean sheet and put in a number of shaky performances.[LNB]Pollitt played just once after Stojkovic's arrival - the disastrous 8-0 defeat at Chelsea on the final day of the season - but Martinez wants the veteran around next season.[LNB]"Mike is a terrific goalkeeper first and foremost with great experience, and he continues to set standards on a daily basis that the younger players can follow," said the Latics boss.[LNB]"He has been patient during his time at the club, but has never been anything less than totally professional and committed to the club.[LNB]"He is also an infectious character who is great to have around the dressing room and we are all delighted to have him back."[LNB]Pollitt said he hoped he could extend his term at the club longer by going into coaching.[LNB]"I'm delighted to be at the club for another year - my sixth at the club all together. It's a great feeling," he said..[LNB]"I work hard every day, do the best I can, and when I do get a game I make sure I'm ready to try to impress the manager.[LNB]"Although he likes me round the place, I think more importantly he rates me as a goalkeeper.[LNB]"I've started earning my (coaching) badges and hopefully I'll get the goalkeeping qualifications I need to become a coach.[LNB]"But, for the time being, I'm still concentrating on what I can still bring as a player."

Source: Team_Talk