Young defender insists he’ll remain patient in bid for first team spot and wants to make sure he is ready when the opportunity is afforded to him.
- Jack Hendry feels he still has a lot to work on but was pleased with his contribution against Liverpool.
- Young Scottish defender hoping Latics can turn pre-season performances into wins.
- 21-year-old speaks of dressing room “buzz” ahead of the start of the English Football League Championship campaign.
Hendry was given by widespread praise by supporters on social media for his efforts and he recognised post-match with LaticsPlayer HD that he’d played well, though he admitted he’s keen to offer a lot more.
“It was my first 90 minutes but I was reasonably happy,” Hendry said. “I still have a lot to work on, though, and a lot to achieve – I’m hoping to kick on this year.
“All I have got to do is keep my head down, keep working hard and then hopefully I’ll get my opportunity. I’ll be ready when that point comes but until then I’ll just keep working hard on and off the pitch.”
Hendry featured against both Braga and Chester and in Latics’ first two pre-season friendlies before sitting out Saturday’s game with Manchester United.
It was nearly three clean sheets from three for the Scot, but two second-half goals from Jurgen Klopp’s Reds proved decisive on Sunday.
Now the 21-year-old is hoping his side can turn their performances into wins to go into the campaign with confidence.
“We’ve got a few games coming up now before the start of the season and hopefully we’ll turn those into wins, because that’s important to take into the season,” he added. “We have had good tests so far but really we want to be picking up wins now to go with the good performances. Last year we had a winning mentality and we want to continue that this season.
“The boys are looking good and there’s a buzz about the dressing room about the season starting.”
A total of around 30,000 fans poured into the DW Stadium to watch Latics take on United and Liverpool over the course of the weekend and Hendry said afterwards he was impressed by the supporters from all three clubs.
“I thought both sets of fans were fantastic,” Hendry continued. “It was really good to get our fans down to watch two different teams with lots of different players against some good opposition. It was a really good weekend for the fans and the players.”