JAYSON Leutwiler has welcomed the return of fellow goalkeeper Danny Rogers, but he insists the extra competition will not change his approach to training or games - he will be just as committed

Rogers started the season after an issue regarding Leutwiler’s contract was flagged up by the English Football League under the terms of Latics’ monitored loan agreement.

That meant Leutwiler had to enter into renegotiations with the club and could not play until the matter was resolved.

Rogers starred in the penalty shoot-out win over Tranmere Rovers in the Carabao Cup first round, only to suffer a neck injury the following weekend at Bradford City, which meant an almost two-month spell on the sidelines.

With Leutwiler still unavailable, Laurie Walker was drafted back in on an emergency loan deal from MK Dons - his second with the club.

Former Blackburn Rovers stopper Leutwiler was eventually able to make his debut on August 28 at Sutton United, where Latics recorded their first win of the season.

The Canada international has been an ever present since, and that’s the way he wants it to stay regardless of Rogers’ return to fitness, and the squad.

“It has not changed for me, I train the same whether he was here or wasn’t here,” he said.

“It’s good that he’s back, healthy. That’s very important.

“But I’ve never changed what I do.”

A run of three clean sheets in the last four games also bodes well for Leutwiler’s longevity in the line-up.

“I just have to do my job and keep the ball out,” said the 32-year-old, who made some key saves in Saturday’s goalless draw at Mansfield, notably in the second half.

“I thought we played very well in the first half.

“I think we were physically on top of them and I thought we won our individual battles and I think we showed a positive first half.

“In the second half I think it was a mixed bag a little bit. We started well but definitely in the last 20 minutes they definitely had a bit more of the ball and had a couple of chances.

“We’re disappointed that we didn’t score in the first half.”

As to whether it was one point earned or two dropped, Leutwiler added: “I will still say it was important to win the game, but we get a draw, which is good, we get another clean sheet. It’s the third one in the fourth game, which is really good and positive.

“We went to win the game, but of course if you don’t win you don’t want to lose it.

“We are happy with that but it’s the same feeling every time, we would like to win the game. But from a defensive aspect and goalkeeper’s perspective it’s very positive.”