Kirkland tipped to shine

18 August 2006 10:04
Wigan Athletic manager Paul Jewell is hoping that goalkeeper Chris Kirkland will fulfil his full potential after joining the Latics on loan from Liverpool. The 25-year-old former Coventry City gloveman has been blighted by injuries in recent seasons, but Jewell has high hopes for the new England cap. He said: "Chris is a top-quality keeper. "He is an imposing figure who commands his box and can combine that with great shot-stopping ability. "At 25 he still hasn't reached his prime yet as a goalkeeper and I think he has the potential to go on and have a great career in the game. "I would love that to be here at Wigan, but we'll wait and see." Kirkland is on a season-long loan at the JJB Stadium, having seen a similar stint last term with West Bromwich Albion ruined by injuries. He has been with the Reds for five years, but has made just 45 first-team appearances in that time. Kirkland finally made his international debut for England in the midweek friendly win over Greece and is highly thought of by new national team boss Steve McClaren.

Source: ESA