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PERKINS: "CHAMPIONSHIP A CHALLENGE WE SHOULD EMBRACE"

24 May 2016

Wigan Athletic’s Player of the Year already looking forward to the new campaign.

  • “We’ll have to be fitter and better,” Perkins on Sky Bet Championship test.
  • Midfielder wants to thank Latics supporters for their support.
  • Perkins discusses recent celebrations and Player of the Year recognition.
Wigan Athletic midfielder David Perkins feels that next season’s Sky Bet Championship will prove to be a huge challenge for Gary Caldwell’s side, though he admits its one Latics should embrace after winning this season’s Sky Bet League One title.

Discussing next season and what Latics should expect from the second tier, a division in which Perkins has represented both Barnsley and Blackpool, the 33-year-old told LaticsPlayer HD that Caldwell’s side won’t be allowed unpunished mistakes at a higher level.

“It’s a massive step up but it’s a challenge we should look forward to and embrace,” Perkins said. “The gaffer mentioned in our meetings at the end of the season that we’ll need to be fitter and we’ll need to be better in every aspect.

“The main difference for me [between League One and the Championship] is the strikers; you give them half a chance and they take it and you can be playing well and find yourselves 2-0 down.

“Hopefully Will Grigg has another great season for us, though it will be a big challenge for him.”

On a personal note, Perkins goes into next season full of confidence after a superb campaign this time around that culminated in him winning the Player of the Year award, the Away Player of the Year award and the Players’ Player of the Season award at the club’s End of Season dinner earlier this month.

Looking back on his successful campaign, Perkins admitted he couldn’t foresee himself collecting the majority of the end of season awards.

“I wasn’t expecting to pick up any awards,” he added. “With me not being on social media I wasn’t aware of how appreciative the fans were of me.

“On top of that, I thought Max would run away with the award voted for by the lads because he is a young lad who had a great season.

“It was a real surprise and I think some of my speeches were a bit dodgy as a result as I hadn’t prepared anything!”

In his interview with LaticsPlayer HD, Perkins talked more about celebrations in Las Vegas whilst also reflecting on the support he has experienced this season as well as the party after the final home game of the season against Barnsley.

Perkins wanted to take the opportunity of the interview to thank supporters for their backing this season.

“I stayed at the bar at the club and I had to get a train home with my Mrs. after the game and I thought we’d be alright walking through Wigan town centre to get to the station,” Perkins explained.

“As it happened I nearly missed my train with all of the fans there, to the extent Peter Atherton had to help me through as my bodyguard to get me to my train – it was surreal really.

“The support has been brilliant and because I am not on social media I don’t get chance to thank the supporters enough so I see this as a perfect opportunity to do that at the end of the season.

“Your support is welcomed and inspiring in many ways.”

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