“I’ll always want to be here”, Flores discusses new deal.
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The boyhood Latics fan, who scored his first professional goal for the club against Fleetwood Town last season and subsequently won the Goal of the Season award, said he couldn’t be happier to stay at the DW Stadium.
“I’m really happy to sign again, this club means a lot to me so it’s been good to get everything sorted and now I can look forward to the season.
“I’ll always want to be here, so I have to work hard to make sure everything goes the right way and maybe then I’ll be here for a long time.”
Flores has featured for Latics since December 2015 due to a shoulder injury, but after a successful operation at the end of the campaign, the midfielder says he’s feeling better than ever.
“Personally it was a good end to the season for me because I had my shoulder operation. I know I didn’t play any games, but getting my shoulder sorted has been a big priority for me, so now it’s just good to know I can be involved in pre-season right from the start.
“I’ve worked hard over the summer in terms of my fitness and with the shoulder work I was advised to do. I haven’t really thought about any chance of it happening again because I’m feeling better than ever.”
Latics returned to pre-season training last Wednesday, and the 20-year-old says things are progressing well, with new signings Alex Gilbey and Dan Burn settling in nicely.
“I’m feeling good and the first weeks of pre-season have progressed quite quickly. We’re all looking forward to getting stuck into it more with the trip to Portugal and then a good schedule of matches.
“Alex (Gilbey) and Dan (Burn) have settled in great. We had a lot of new players last season and with that we’ve created a very welcoming squad. Everyone is together and that can only help us.”
Returning to Christopher Park after such a successful season as Sky Bet League One champions, Flores insisted it’s all about focusing on the Championship for the squad, and that he’s been encouraged by the words of his manager, Gary Caldwell.
“The things the gaffer has said about me are really nice to hear because I’m always trying to work hard to impress him and the rest of the staff and players.
“I want to show everyone what I am capable of and hopefully this season gives me the chance to do that.
“The last time we got promoted from League One was something special for me looking on as a supporter, so to be involved as a player last season made me feel incredibly proud.
“It was an exciting season, but it’s over with now and all of the lads are focused on making sure we achieve our aims again.”