Kirkland leaves loan behind

Latics keeper looking to push on after frustrating spell with Foxes

Kirkland: Targeting first-team recall

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Chris Kirkland admits his loan move to Leicester did him few favours, but is now hoping to push on at Wigan.

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The England international opted to take in a spell with the Foxes after falling out of favour at the DW Stadium.

He endured a nightmare month with the Championship outfit, with a couple of niggling knocks restricting him to just two-and-a-half appearances for his hometown club.

Kirkland is refusing to dwell on the difficult experience, though, and hopes he can soon oust Ali Al Habsi from Roberto Martinez's first-team plans.

Concentration

"The move didn't start or end the way I hoped it would, and I'm just sorry it didn't work out better for all parties," Kirkland told the Wigan Observer.

"I'm grateful to Sven-Goran Eriksson and Leicester for giving me the chance, and it was great to play for my hometown team.

"But I'm back now and I just need to concentrate on getting back into the Wigan team."

On his short-term goals with the Latics, Kirkland added: "It was so frustrating but there you go, you've got to keep going and I'll be doing that.

"The aim of going out was with a view to coming back and getting in the Wigan team, and that's still the aim. It is good to be back and I just want to help the team as best I can."