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29 January 2016

Morsy and Colclough available for Port Vale clash.

  • Gary Caldwell looks ahead to Saturday’s meeting with Port Vale.
  • New signings Morsy and Colclough could feature for DW debuts.
  • Jacobs set to miss out with calf injury.
  • Caldwell praises PFA Player of the Month nominated Max Power.
  • Kevin McNaughton and Andy Kellett re-join group for training.
Speaking to Latics PlayerHD at Christopher Park on Friday morning, Latics boss Gary Caldwell looked ahead to the Sky Bet League One meeting with Port Vale at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
Caldwell focused on the Valiants’ threats, Latics’ recent form, the additions of Ryan Colclough and Sam Morsy, plus Max Power’s nomination for PFA Player of the Month.


Chairman, David Sharpe unveiling Ryan Colclough and Sam Morsy.

“It’s fantastic to get the two players in.  Everyone at the club has worked very hard to make it happen.

“They’re two players we identified a long time ago and have been tracking since.  Having played them both in recent matches, the supporters have had the chance to see them up close and the qualities that they both have.

“It shows the ambition of the club and the ambition of the players because they want to come to this club.

“They’re young players who have already gathered a lot of experience in the Football League.  They’re hungry and ambitious to go up the leagues and they want to be a big part of that and help us to achieve that.

“We’ve played both of their former clubs recently and we’ve played very well against them, so they’ve seen first-hand what we’re trying to achieve in our style of play and how good we can apply that.

“They’ll both be available for the weekend, they completed medicals yesterday so they’ve not trained, but they met the players and will start training today.

“We’ll assess how they do in training and speak to both players, then we’ll consider our options for the match after training.

“We’ll look at bringing players in before the deadline, but as I’ve always said, if it’s something which will improve the team then we will try and do it, but you never know in the transfer window, there are always things that can pop up.”


Michael Jacobs stretchered off against Crewe Alexandra last weekend.

“Michael (Jacobs) has had his scan, he’s settled down and he’s walking again now.

“He’s already off the crutches and will start stepping up the intensity of his work soon.

“It was a problem with his calf, he’s had a scan and there is a tear in it.  It’s not as bad as we first feared, it could have been a lot worse.

“He could miss two or three games.  I’ve told him to stay positive, listen to the physios and be focused on his recovery.

“Everyone else is fine, Kevin (McNaughton) and Andy (Kellett) are back training and focused on working their way back into the team.”


Port Vale manager Rob Page.

“I was at Doncaster on Tuesday night to watch Port Vale and I saw a very committed team.

“They’re a very hard working team, Rob Page has got them playing in his style, he was very committed as a player and his team are no different.

“They’ve a threat in forward areas so we’ll have to be careful.  We understand the league better now, we know every game will be ultra-competitive and we have to be at our best if we want to win.”


Latics celebrate in recent victory over Chesterfield.

“We set ourselves a challenge back when we played Barnsley before Christmas and we’re still on course for that.

“We’d like to have won more games since then instead of picking up draws.  We feel the Scunthorpe, Sheffield United and Crewe matches should have all been victories, so whilst we’re doing well as a group, we’re still pushing to do better.

“We believe we should be doing better. It’s great to see the hunger in the players through training and in the games that they’re still pushing on to improve and to get more points.

“I think we’ve grown a lot as a football team.  Individually and as a team everyone is improving.

“Our understanding of each other and how we want to play is getting better, and we look like a threat at this moment in time going forward.

“We only got the one goal last week, but we had 15 shots on target away from home which doesn’t happen often, so it’s going well but we can’t rest on that and we have to keep pushing on up the league.”


Max Power has been nominated for PFA Player of the Month. [Vote here].

“Max (Power) has had a great month.  He’s somebody who has improved a lot since the summer.

“He came in from League Two and had played a lot of football for someone so young, but he had to come and prove himself at this level, which is something he’s certainly done.

“The more he’s played the more quality he’s shown and I’m sure he’s going to have a fantastic career because he’s got that drive to work hard and improve.

“I’m delighted that he’s been nominated, but he knows he’s part of a team and a big part of it.

“He’s very focused on doing what’s best for the team and he does everything to help us achieve our aims as a club.”

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