Now lets start off with how amazing this window has been for Gary Caldwell and David Sharpe. With it clear the team would exit on mass, they had a big job to do. Do it they have! A full break down of how just important the window could be for Latics will be coming but lets move onto what was an exciting final day.
The morning of deadline day, usually this is when football fans all over the world get excited and become glued to TV's and phones. For me I was stuck at work, with no signal. Just great! However I wasn't to miss out on any of the excitement from the day.
Going into the morning it was looking likely that Wigan would secure the services of James Vaughan from Hudderfield Town on a free transfer. The Yorkshire club were willing to pay of his contract and allow the striker to jump ship. The deal was all but done, until it hit a snag at lunchtime.
That still left six hours, so don't worry plenty of time still to go!
Whilst all this was going on we were being linked with a Newcastle United attacker. The player in question was Haris Vuckic who after spending the second half of last season at Rangers had just penned a new deal. Reports were suggesting that we would sign him on a season long loan. Yet nothing just silence from the club.
At this point I feel like I should go all Jim White and say, the window maybe closed but deals will still come through!
Wigan fans were clearly disappointed by the lack of news and social media was pouring out with questions as to what happened today. David Sharpe replied:
What could be instore? Had we managed to push some late minute deals over the line? The clock ticked on and the answers came pouring in.
First came 21 year old left back Andy Kellet from Bolton Wanderers on a permeant deal as back up to Reece James down the left hand side. Kellet had spent some time on loan at Manchester United and also impressed whilst at Plymouth Argyle. Definitely a defender with his future ahead of him.
Next up came the loan signing of the Newcastle United man. Finally an attacker and someone who could have many fans on the edge of their seats. With pace and maturing just nicely the 23 year old is at the perfect age to come to the club and have a season dazzling us in League One.
More though people cried, and more we got. Another permeant signing, and one coming out of the wood work. Latics making the signing of Everton target Jack Hendry from Partick Thistle. The 20 year old is a player who has had many clubs here in England tracking his progress so to get him on board is a bit of a coup. Adds more depth to our central position.
Surely that was it, no more excitement could follow. To be fair it depends on your definition as the club confirmed the extension of loan signing Sean Murray to the 16th January. Not one to get us all jumping around, but still means we have strength in the midfield.
And that as they say was that. A busy end to the windows brought a close to what has been a busy window. My verdict on just how good it has been will follow, but Gary has managed to bring 20 players in to balance out 24 players going out; and yet we still look competitive at this level.