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30 January 2014

Ali Al Habsi wins Latics Wall poll for fans' favourite loan player.

In a recent poll on Latics Wall, Ali Al Habsi was voted by supporters as their favourite ever loan player, beating off competition from five other former Latics stars with 47% of the votes.

The vote came about when the Football League ran a debate on Twitter asking who supporters’ favourite #LoanStars were and that got us thinking too, so we asked our fans for their suggestions.

Across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram fans shared their favourites and from the initial suggestions we picked out a six man shortlist.

Nick Powell, Paul Scharner, Antonio Valencia, Amr Zaki, Tom Cleverley and the eventual winner Al Habsi were the options, with supporters opting to choose the Oman international goalkeeper who of course had an impressive loan spell with the club in 2010/11, before signing permanently for the following season.

Take a look at some of Ali's photos from the 2010/11 season in the gallery above.

Upon being voted as the fans’ favourite ever loan player Ali shared his thoughts on what he says was a very memorable season in his career.

“First of all I would like to say that it’s fantastic and something I’m very proud of.

“I’m very grateful to the fans, especially because there were some big players like Antonio Valencia, Paul Scharner and Amr Zaki to vote for.

“When I signed my deal to be here for the 2010/11 season it was a very happy day for me.

“My first game was against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and we won and kept a clean sheet which was a fantastic start for me.

“We had a bad start to the season conceding 10 goals in two games, so there was big pressure on me coming in for my debut against Spurs.

“It’s always good when you’re a goalkeeper to have a special start at a club and I’m very happy with the way thing started, especially because I created a special bond with the fans which is still between us now.”

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