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Tuesday 12 June 2012

Keeper Pollitt signs new Wigan deal

Veteran shot-stopper agrees one-year contract extension at DW Stadium

Mike Pollitt has mainly been used as a back-up goalkeeper during his time at Wigan

Wigan Athletic's veteran goalkeeper Mike Pollitt has signed a new one-year deal that will keep him at the club past his 41st birthday.

The Latics shot-stopper, whose current deal was due to expire this summer, believes he still has plenty to offer in the Barclays Premier League despite his advancing years.

"For the younger members of our squad he remains the example to follow"
- Roberto Martinez

"I feel as fit now as I have done in a long time," Pollitt told the club's official website.

"Goalkeepers nowadays tend to go on for a bit longer and if I can keep taking care of myself I see no reason why I can't be the same."

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was delighted to secure the services of his most experienced player for a further year.

"Above all Mike is a fantastic goalkeeper, whose experience and professionalism sets a high standard in training every day," said Martinez.

"He has had to be patient for opportunities on the pitch, but his commitment is never questioned and for the younger members of our squad he remains the example to follow, and we're delighted to have him with us next season."

Pollitt, 40, has made 50 appearances for Wigan since becoming the club’s first Barclays Premier League signing back in 2005.

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Key Points

  • Mike Pollitt signs one-year contract extension at Wigan
  • Short-term deal signed last summer was due to expire
  • Wigan boss Roberto Martinez hails goalkeeper's professionalism