Kevin Kilbane Relishing Wigan Athletic Return With Hull City

The Tigers' utility man is looking forward to catching up with a few old friends in Lancashire at the weekend, and thinks they've every chance of making a few trips abroad next season.

Hull City midfielder Kevin Kilbane left Wigan Athletic during the January transfer window, and he is looking forward to making a return to Lancashire with his new side at the weekend.

The Republic of Ireland international, who can function in midfield or on the left side of the back-four, has not ruled out his former side making a late push for a place in next season's new Europa League either, though he will be hoping to help puncture those lofty ambitions a little with the Tigers on Sunday.

"The ultimate goal at the beginning of the season was to stay up, get to 40 points as soon as possible, and then see how it goes," Kilbane told The Wigan Observer.

"There is still a little bit of work to go on that score, but I don't see a great deal of problem with Wigan reaching that mark.

"Once you get to 40 points then you start to look onwards and upwards. And if they can go on a good run, I don't see any reason why they can't then push on and try for a top seven finish."

Kilbane's current side City made an astounding start to the season, but have faltered dramatically in the second third of the campaign. The Latics should not underestimate them though.

The Tigers travel west on the back of four points from their last two games and are snarling after the week's controversial events at the Emirates.

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