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4 September 2015

Gary Caldwell discusses new signings, injuries, and international absentees ahead of Chesterfield.

  • Gary Caldwell previews Latics’ trip to Chesterfield.
  • Caldwell delighted with Kellett, Vuckic and Hendry additions.
  • Manager admits shape may change due to injuries and internationals.
Speaking to Latics PlayerHD at Christopher Park ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One visit to Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium, manager Gary Caldwell discussed his deadline day signings, injury news and the possible need to change shape with the absences of Will Grigg and Jonjoe Kenny to international duty.


“I’m really happy with the business we did.  It was a long day, my first experience of deadline day and a lot of things go on.

“There are a lot of phone calls made and a lot of discussions, and I’m really happy to have brought Andy (Kellett), Haris (Vuckic) and Jack (Hendry) in.

“The two young lads, Jack and Andy, have massive potential.  Jack caught our eye in the pre-season friendly against Partick Thistle and we’ve watched him a lot since.

Jack Hendry unveiled as a Wigan Athletic player.

“He’s a Scottish centre half with lots of potential, and I said yesterday we’ve not got enough Scottish players in to back me up.

“Andy is someone I saw playing for Manchester United’s reserves.  He can come in and compete with Reece James, he’s got lots of pace and a direct style.  He’s somebody I’ve been excited to get into the group.

“Haris coming in on loan is a big move for us, he had a very good spell with Rangers last season and I’ve seen and heard a lot of good things about him, particularly from contacts in Glasgow.

“He’s somebody who can provide a real goal threat for us coming from wide positions and from behind the forwards.”


“We may have to change shape due to Will Grigg and Jonjoe Kenny being away on international duty.

“Craig Morgan has picked up an injury which will keep him out for three or four weeks at least, so we’ll definitely have to look at the shape and possibly change that to accommodate players into the team.

“Craig damaged a ligament in his shoulder against Crewe Alexandra last weekend.  We’ve had him in to see a specialist and they have advised us that he’ll need at least three weeks.

Craig Morgan set to miss three to four weeks due to shoulder injury.

“Francisco (Junior) has been jogging and running and hopefully he won’t be too far away.

“Kevin (McNaughton) had an operation on Wednesday to reattach the tendon in his knee.  It’s bitterly disappointing to lose him from the team, but hopefully he’ll be back in two or three months.

“We’ve got the ability and we worked hard in pre-season on a number of formations, so we’ve got the ability to adapt and change when injuries and absences occur.  It shouldn’t be a problem for my group of players to deal with.”


“It was very pleasing to see Tim Chow and Grant Holt getting minutes on the pitch midweek.  Both have worked very hard with the physios and I think getting that first game for the Development Squad gives you that light at the end of the tunnel.

“Having experienced long term injuries myself I know how hard it can be, but both Tim and Grant can see the first team not too far away, so we’ll get them involved in another game next week and help them to get back as soon and as safely as possible.”


“We have to put our away form right, we’ve got three of the next four fixtures away from home and the aim is to win all three of them.

“We’ve been lucky to have a full week to prepare and work on different things that will help us away from home, so hopefully we can take that into the next run of games and start to build some meaningful away form.

“It’s important for any football club to have a passionate fans base that follows them around the country.

“We’re no different and I’ve experienced the passion of our supporters over the years.  Matches like Blackpool in 2011 always stick in my mind, we had a massive following that day and the supporters helped us to get the result.

“We’re going to need the support all the way through the season, I know it can be difficult for fans travelling, but hopefully they can see that this group of players are working hard to give them something to be proud of.

“Our aim is to keep working to create that for the supporters because they deserve it, they deserve to see us winning every Saturday, but we know how hard we’re going to have to work to do that.”

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