Midfielder discusses signing his new contract with Wigan Athletic.
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- 23-year-old now wants to repay faith of staff and supporters.
Wigan Athletic midfielder Max Power says he is delighted to have committed his long-term future to the club after signing a new contract until 2019 on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old, who ran fellow midfielder David Perkins very close in last season’s Player of the Year vote, says he’s hoping for an equally successful campaign this time around.
“The fans know how much I like it here and I have a good relationship with them; I hope it’s refreshing for them to see that I want to commit my future here,” Power said.
“I want to build on last season’s success, we’re going into a very tough league and I think it would be great if we could be challenging towards the right end of the division, stranger things have happened in football.
“It’s a step closer to where I want to be; every player wants to play at the highest level and I am one step away from that now so I am looking forward to testing myself in this league and proving to myself, the staff and the fans here that I can do it because they have shown faith in me with this new contract.”
As much as Power, who was playing in Sky Bet League Two just over 12 months ago, is aware of the magnitude of the step up on a personal and club level, he believes the pre-season preparations Latics have made will stand Gary Caldwell’s side in good stead ahead of the new campaign.
“I am under no illusion that I am going to be coming up against better players this season but it’s something that I am really looking forward to,” he added.
“We’ve had a taste of that in pre-season against Liverpool and Manchester United and that was a really good eye opener to see where we are at.
“We’ve worked really hard in pre-season and we’re ready now. The sessions have been short and sharp and everyone is raring to go for Saturday at Bristol City.”
Preparations have been ongoing for weeks now and in three days’ time Latics will kick-off their 2016-17 campaign at Ashton Gate against Lee Johnson’s Bristol City.
Power told LaticsPlayer HD that he can’t wait:
“It comes around so quick because it only seems like two minutes ago that we were playing at Coventry City,” Power continued.
“You’ve got to enjoy these moments and the opportunity to play in some of these great stadiums, starting with Bristol City on Saturday.
“It makes a massive difference hearing the fans’ support and I am sure they’ll be there in heavy numbers again on Saturday so hopefully we can repay them by getting a good result.”