Former Leeds defender Jason Pearce says Wigan pre-season his best ever

Former Leeds, Portsmouth and Bournemouth defender has praised Wigan's pre-season approach led by new manager and ex-Celtic defender Gary Caldwell.

Jason Pearce is enjoying his experience at Wigan Athletic so far despite suffering relegation months into life at his new club.

The defender knew it was going to be tough when he left Leeds United for the Latics, deep into a survival battle, but is now feeling positive about the season ahead.

Speaking to the Wigan website, 27-year-old Pearce has said that the pre-season the club is putting together is preferable to any he has experienced in his career to date.

He said: "He (Manager Gary Caldwell) wants us to train hard and well in order to be ready to take that onto the pitch in matches.

“Clubs I’ve been at before haven’t got the footballs out so quickly and there has been lots of running but I’ve enjoyed the balance this year and it’s been really beneficial because you get your touch back quicker."

As well as Leeds, Pearce has spent time playing for south coast clubs Portsmouth and Bournemouth, and has varying experience to compare Caldwell's approach to.

The desire of the ex Celtic boss to get down to work with the footballs so quickly is perhaps partly down to the fact he has only recently stopped playing himself, and so is preparing based on his experience from a footballer's perspective rather than a coach, and wants his players to feel positive.

The rewards of long distance running in pre-season are rarely felt instantly, and time will tell deep into the Autumn, if Wigan's players have the fitness or begin dropping off.

Whether former Wigan boss Uwe Rosler is putting on a more enjoyable pre-season for Pearce's old club Leeds at present, he was not kept around long enough to find out, but if this does not pay off, Caldwell may do well forego a tougher schedule next time around if he gets the chance.

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