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IF Newcastle can't, according to Kevin Keegan, entice football's big names, then what chance have Wigan got?

The team from a north-west rugby hotbed has long been a bits-and-pieces outfit, a mix of untapped potential, old stagers out for a last hurrah and barely heard-of foreigners.

A ropey pitch and poor crowds adds to the sense of unease but don't knock it. They defied lousy gates and a worse playing surface to earn another shot at the big time last term and Steve Bruce plans to repeat the feat.

He has launched yet another raid on St Andrews, this time to snatch Olivier Kapo and Daniel de Ridder, neither of whom were part of Alex McLeish's plans, while Lee Cattermole had also been marginalised at Middlesbrough.

Not being good enough for others has never stopped Bruce from thinking he can resurrect a career - look at what he has done with Emile Heskey - while Egyptian Amr Zaki is more of an unknown quantity. And not the first at the

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 10, 2008
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