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1 September 2016

Wigan Athletic Chairman David Sharpe reflects on hectic transfer deadline day which sees three in and three out at the DW Stadium.

  • David Sharpe: “It’s been a good window”.
  • Chairman discusses new arrivals and transfer policy.
  • Sharpe also encourages future windows to close before the start of the season.
Latics’ Chairman David Sharpe says this summer’s transfer deadline day was “madness”, despite the club securing the targets it set out to bring to the DW Stadium at the start of the day.

The club had planned to bring in all three of its deadline additions, Adam Le Fondre, Nathan Byrne and Kaiyne Woolery, but still found themselves tying up loose ends as the deadline approached.

Reflecting on the final day of the window, Sharpe said:

“It’s madness, even though we know what we are doing when we wake up in the morning in terms of the deals that were getting done with Adam Le Fondre, Nathan Byrne and Kaiyne Woolery because we’ve known about them and been chasing them for a while.

“Everything always seems to come down to the last day and it was the same last season; I think we had four players on transfer deadline day in the summer last season and three in January. You always know your targets, you try and get them done in May, June or July but it ends up being August 31 at 9pm every other night. 

“It’s the same at every football club and I am thankful that we have got our business done, it’s taken a lot of hard work, long hours and a lot of phone calls to a lot of people but we finally got there.

“I think the squad is now ready for the season ahead; in my head, this season only really starts from today onwards, I think it’s stupid the way in which the transfer window goes on until the end of the August, it should be the end of July.”

Looking at the window as a whole, Sharpe continued:

“It’s been a good window, there are a lot of new players, we’ve kept hold of the players we wanted to keep hold of and we’re looking forward to the season unfolding.

“We’ve got the players we wanted, they’ll bring a lot to this group, we’ve kept the average age down with the additions of Nathan Byrne and Kaiyne Woolery, and brought in experience with Adam Bogdan, Adam Le Fondre and Shaun MacDonald.

“We’ve also brought in Jordi Gomez, who we all know about, Nick Powell too and everyone forgets he is only 22.

“So we have a lot of good players and I am looking forward to seeing what Gary is going to do with them.”

With plenty of new young faces in Latics’ group, Sharpe says the experience Latics brought in was crucial for the club’s development.

“It’s vital in mine and the manager’s opinion that the young players we have, have older heads around them,” he explained. “That develops them into proper men and proper footballers.

“You can’t have a team full of kids because they need to see the likes of Stephen Warnock, Jake Buxton and Craig Morgan and how they train every day.”

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