Lee Nicholls joined Northampton Town at the start of the season as the Cobblers struggled with goalkeeping injuries.
The 20-year-old stepped in for his first game against Rochdale on 18 August and has never looked back, playing in all 21 of Northampton’s npower League Two matches, keeping seven clean sheets in the process.
Here are Nicholls’ thoughts on the season so far.
“It is going really well at Northampton, for both myself and the team as a whole, we’re doing really well in the league.
“There’s one thing playing lots of games but, to have the good performances makes it so enjoyable.
“I have to give a lot of credit to my team mates at Northampton as well because the clean sheets I’ve kept haven’t just been down to me, the team as a whole always contributes.”
Liverpool-born Nicholls joined Latics as a scholar in 2008, signing his first professional deal two years later and a couple of months ago he put pen to paper to extend his contract with the Club until 2015.
“Signing an extension on a contract is a nice feeling of security on my career at the Club and now I can look to my future here, knowing that I’ve got the chance to prove myself,” said Nicholls.
“The aim is to obviously push myself and gain a place in the first team in the next few years and playing every game for Northampton and signing the deal is two great things at once.
“We’ve got two great goalkeepers at Wigan Athletic with lots of experience between them.
“Ali (Al Habsi) is a fantastic keeper and having Mike Pollitt to learn from as well with the amount of games he has played over his career is great and a great environment to be in.
“I’m really looking forward to my future with the Club and really enjoying my football at the moment.”