Wigan ‘keeper Kirkland joins Doncaster Rovers

Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has joined Championship side Doncaster Rovers on loan until January.

The ex England stopper, 30, has in recent months fallen behind Ali Al-Habsi in the pecking order at the DW Stadium and will be hoping to secure more first team football at the Keepmoat under Donny’s new manager, Dean Saunders.

Last season Kirkland spent time on loan at Leicester, but hasn’t played a game for his parent club since January. Of the move, Kirkland told Sky Sports News:

“My career has gone backwards in the last year, last 18 months, so I am determined to kick-start it again and hopefully I can do well for the club,”

“I am just going to knuckle down and give it everything. All I am focusing on is Doncaster now and trying to help them as much as I can and them helping me and hopefully it will be a good partnership.”

Saunders, who has been busy in the transfer market since arriving at the club, also hoped the move would be mutually beneficial, stating: “It’s a great signing for us. To have a goalkeeper of his stature coming to play for us, I couldn’t have hoped for anything more,”

“I cannot thank Wigan enough for allowing us to do that. Hopefully Chris will get playing for us and get his career back on track.

“He’s a top-class goalkeeper and he needs to show everyone. He has a stage at Doncaster to do that.”

Former Liverpool man Kirkland could be in line to make his debut for the club in their next league match against Leeds, who they face on Friday.

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