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Paper Talk: Weekly Round up Monday 4th August

The lads have been away in Germany as we build up to the start of the new Championship season, while off the field the club are reportedly chasing new targets to help strengthen the team ahead of the start of the season.

Steve Bardens

Stephen Crainey

Our left back who was allowed to go on a free at the start of July has joined Fleetwood Town on a permanent bases. The left back moving back towards the coast where he spent many successful years playing for Blackpool. Wishing Crainey all the best, who's most memorable game was the FA Cup Semi-Final game against Arsenal. The Scottish left back but life and limb on the line to try and get the win that day.

Back of the Shirt Sponser

The club made history when they unveiled a back of the shirt sponsor. Appliance company Premier Range now take pride of place on the back of the clubs strips. This shows two things, first of all the intersport deal may not be as worthwhile as it maybe though and also that the club is being very proactive in trying to raise more money to fuel the clubs bid to make it back to the Premier League.

One Win and a Defeat

Wigan's trip to Germany was a very mixed bag. First of all losing 4-1 to Fortuna Dusseldorf V last Saturday, after taking the lead we were pegged back to 1-1; the second half seeing us over ran by the Germany side. Following the defeat Uwe Rosler and the coaching staff cancelled the mid week game, leaving us the game on Friday against SC Paderborn, which we won 1-0.


James McArthur made a return to football getting game time whilst on the Germany trip. Chris McCann and Ben Watson start to make occasional a slow progress towards a full footballing return. More recruits are clearly needed and the club have been proactively looking to add news faces to the team.

Adam Forshaw

The League One Player of the Season last year looks to be our main target at the moment. The player who is currently on the books at Brentford is from the local area having been brought through the Everton Academy set up. The reports suggest that we have had two bids turned down, which Brentford boss Mark Warburton has started crying over as unsettling. News over weekend was that Forshaw had handed in a transfer request, however this has since been denied.

Two things make me wonder about this news, first of all Brentford apparently want £6 million, which is over the top for a player who has only had success at League One level, couple that with the fact that the Brentford boss feels that Wigan have done something wrong. As it stands, and anyone has mentioned, we have only approached Brentford about the deal, for them to start getting upset about it is a bit over the top. Over the years we have lost many players from clubs such pursuit of players.