Pollitt wrote in the Wigan Observer: "Itâ€™s not common knowledge, but Joe nearly came to Wigan a few years ago.
"When I first signed, and John Filan was already here, we were trying to get a young goalkeeper on board as well.
"I remember (coach) Gary Walsh telling me heâ€™d been down to Shrewsbury a few times to see a young lad, and I asked what he was like.
"He told me he was a brilliant goalkeeper, but he seemed a bit cocky â€“ and I suppose he does have that look about him.
"Anyway the club wouldnâ€™t pay the money Shrewsbury were after â€“ it was a lot for a lad so young, especially someone whoâ€™d only ever played in League Two â€“ and he eventually went to Manchester City."