Pollitt signs new Wigan contract

21 May 2010 10:33
Wigan goalkeeper Mike Pollitt has signed a new contract to keep him at the club for another season.The 38-year-old has played only once since Vladimir Stojkovic was brought in on loan from Sporting Lisbon in January to be Chris Kirkland's deputy. [LNB]Pollitt conceded eight goals in Wigan's hammering by Chelsea on the final day of the Premier League season. [LNB]But manager Roberto Martinez said: "Mike is a terrific goalkeeper first and foremost, with great experience." [LNB]Martinez added: "He continues to set standards on a daily basis that the younger players can follow." [LNB]Pollitt had looked to be on his way out when Stojkovic arrived but the Serbian played six matches, never kept a clean sheet and put in a number of shaky performances. [LNB]On the last day of the season, Pollitt was in goal for the disastrous 8-0 defeat by Chelsea as the Blues wrapped up the Premier League title in style.[LNB] Who else should Wigan sign? But that has not counted against him and Martinez added: "He [Pollitt] 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 by going into coaching. [LNB]"I'm delighted to be at the club for another year - my sixth at the club altogether. 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: BBC_Sport