One of the things I did wonder towards the second half of the season was would we see much of Rob Kiernan. Having clips of him play at his various loan clubs and also the comments coming out of the club, everything pointed in one direction, that this lad can play a bit.
Well eventually he broke into the first team, and truly made his mark. Playing against former team Watford was one his stand out performances, along with the second goal in this seasons 2-2 draw with Leicester City. As the game grew on Rob Kiernan improved and was used in both play-off games showing just how important Uwe Rosler feels the player is already to the team.
At the sage of 23 he still has a lot of developing to do, hopefully he will be doing a lot of it at Wigan. The players new deal will keep him at the club till 2017, when he will be aged 26. For me he must be one of the vocal points that we will build a team around not only for next season but for more to come.
I remember Roberto Martinez once saying that Kiernan was a born captain and a player he could see going far. Well that talent looks set to be shown week in week out in a Wigan shirt, following five loan spells away from the club.
The future looks bright at the heart of our defence.