Martyn Waghorn wants to carry on where he left off last season.Martyn Waghorn says last season blew fresh energy into his career and he wants to carry on where he left off in May.
As well as scoring five goals in 15 games last season, the Sunderland-born forward provided numerous assists, prompting him to win the Young Player of The Season award and he says he felt at home at Latics ‘from day one.’
"It was a strange kind of season for me really," he said, "starting off at Leicester, then on loan to Millwall. I was delighted to get another loan to Wigan and things went so well I signed a permanent deal and I couldn’t be happier with the way things have gone so far. The fans have been good to me and I love it here."
Waghorn was on the mark twice against Besiktas and he says pre-season has gone well, although it’s been tough he admits:
"Yes, I would say it’s the toughest pre-season I’ve had, or certainly as hard as anything I’ve experienced. I mean, we’re not running up sand dunes or anything, but the intensity, especially in the heat, has been high. The gaffer wants us to be fit and that’s certainly going to be the case.
"But I’m one of those players who likes training, it’s part and parcel of the game, it allows you to keep getting a touch of the ball and staying sharp, trying things out."
Waghorn was played in a number of positions last season, centrally or on the wings, so does he have a favourite?
"I like to play as a number 9, or just behind a central striker, but I have always tried to have that versatility that I can do a job in a number of positions – that increases your chances of playing and is good for the team. I know it’s a cliché, but I really will play where the gaffer asks me to. I’m happy going on the wings, in the middle, wherever I’m asked to play."
And as regards the new season, what is the feeling in the camp?
"I think everyone is just looking forward to it now. We’ve got one more game on Friday and then we’ll be getting ready for the match against Reading and we’ll be ready for a long old season.
"As a squad, we know what it takes and the gaffer has brought in some lads who have played at this level and have the experience needed to know what it takes to get out of this league.
"This is as good a dressing room as I’ve known in my career, there’s a really good feeling about the place and the belief is that we can pick up where we left off and get the job done this season. A lot of teams will be thinking that way of course but we have a good squad here and we have to go into the season with the belief that we can get promoted."