Chris Kirkland turns down Wigan Athletic in search of better terms

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Chris Kirkland has snubbed an offer to return to his former club Wigan Athletic after terms were not acceptable, according to Paul Kendrick of the Wigan Evening Post.

Wigan have already completed the signing of highly rated Richard O'Donnell from Walsall to fill the void left by Ali Al Habsi and Scott Carson in goal - academy graduate Lee Nicholls also pushing for a first-team place between the sticks.

Nicholls has been less than impressive in pre-season however, and, with that in mind, the Latics are still searching for that all important third goalkeeper, which may or may not end up being Kirkland.

After a deal was set to be announced earlier this week, with the former England 'keeper impressing manager Gary Caldwell whilst training with the club - no agreement over terms has yet been reached.

Caldwell said: "I obviously know Kirky very well, we had him in for training for a few days and he looked great."

"As yet we’ve not come to a deal but he’s somebody I respect and would do a great job for this club...Nothing’s happened but it’s still on the table.”

Kirkland played centre back for Wigan Legends alongside Emmerson Boyce in May as the past players of the Latics ran out emphatic 10-0 winners.

Wigan begin their first season in the third tier since 2002-03 with a trip to Coventry City tomorrow. The visitors will be without central midfield pair Tim Chow and Don Cowie.


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