Veteran keeper signs up ‘til he’s 40

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Mike Pollitt has agreed a new one-year deal at Wigan, making him the second goalkeeper to sign at the club in the past four days after last season's loanee Ali Al Habsi moved permanently from Bolton.

The 39-year-old has spent the past six seasons at the DW Stadium. and said he wasn’t worried in the delay over penning an extension because of his strong relationship with both the club and manager Roberto Martinez.

“It dragged on for a few weeks because everyone was here, there and everywhere but I’ve finally put pen to paper and I’m delighted,” Pollitt said. “To be honest, even though there was a delay, I was always quite relaxed about it. When you’re younger, you maybe worry a bit more because you want it sorted, but not really now.”

Pollitt admitted that a single year was the best contract option for him, as he’s unsure as to how long he wants to continue playing the game.

“I’ve been saying ‘one more year’ since I was about 35, and I just want to keep going as long as I can,” he continued. “I feel quite strong, I’ve always kept myself fit and I enjoyed getting back to training.

“You look around and there’s quite a few goalkeepers who are playing into their 40s, and that gives you the belief you can do it. I’ll just take it one year at a time, and this time next year we’ll probably be here saying the same thing.”


Meanwhile, Wigan forward Mauro Boselli has expressed a desire to return to Estudiantes, who he moved from last summer for a Wigan record £6.5 million. The striker is hopeful an agreement can be reached.

"Initially I wanted to stay in Europe, but during my holiday I have spoken with my wife and my family and the best thing for me would be to return to Argentina,” Boselli said.

"I have told my agent that the priority is Estudiantes and I have spoken with the coach who will give me the freedom to choose a club.”

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