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Paper Talk: Weekly Round Up Tuesday 15th July

Been a busy few weeks for Wigan, and for world football as we have new World Champions. So here is a round up of just what has been going in Latics football world.

Alex Livesey

Gary Caldwell Pens New Deal

The defender put all rumors about his future behind him has he penned a new deal to stay with Wigan Athletic for the next season. The club captain will taken on a varying role not only working a player but also helping out coaching the academy sides as Caldwell looks to begin his coaching career. Very shrewd move by Uwe Rosler as we get the best of both, if Gary can't play then he is doing something and when fit we have he signed up to play for us.

Great work by Rosler.

Don Cowie Signs For Latics

Following the uncertainty over the fitness of our midfielders (all five central midfielders are struggling to be fit for the start of the season) Uwe Rosler moved quickly to get an experienced player at Championship level who would also add to the squad. That player turned out to be Don Cowie as yet again we make an excellent signing to help strengthen the squad.

John Doolan Out, Eric Black In

Coach and former player at the club Jon Doolan decided it was time to call it a day on his coaching role here at Wigan and decided to jump across the border to Scotland to meet up with old friend Alan Stubbs at Hibernian. Doolan who had become a very important figure since Rosler came into the club was expected to have a continual big influence at the club, however he decided to jump ships and we wish him all the best.

To help fill the gap former assistant coach Eric Black was snapped up by the club, in yet another great piece of business by the club over the summer. Black known for getting a team disciplined, in shape and playing how their manager wants them, is a great addition to our back room staff.

Wigan 0-0 Walsall

Following a change in venue our first pre-season friendly on home soil become behind closed doors. That was following a poor state of pitch at the Leigh Sports Village, it meant that we were unable to see the lads ahead of the new season. As it is the game looks to have been a very drab affair as it closed out 0-0.

Wigan play their second pre-season game tonight at home to Besiktas.

Five Players Leave the Club

The club officially confirmed the departures of Stephen Crainey, Jean Beasuejour, Marcus Holegerson, Jordan Mustoe and Adam Buxton. The team starting to begin to take shape as players that Rosler doesn't feel can make it at the club are let go to help reduce the wage bill and allow for new players to come in and take their place.