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25 August 2017

Striker keen to return to action after more match minutes at Aston Villa ahead of this weekend’s match with Portsmouth.

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Wigan Athletic striker Will Grigg says he is edging closer to full match fitness ahead of this weekend’s match with Portsmouth at the DW Stadium.

Speaking at the Grand Arcade in Wigan where he, Michael Jacobs and Dan Burn signed autographs and had photos with Latics’ fans as the 2017-18 third kit went on sale, Grigg said he feels like he is in the best shape he has been in for some time.

“I think physically that was the best I’d felt in a while on Tuesday,” Grigg said. “Obviously it wasn’t the result we wanted, but in terms of a workout it was positive.”

On the event itself at the Grand Arcade, Grigg added:

“It was a brilliant day and a really good turnout from the fans. It’s nice to be able to give something back to them because they cheer us on every week home and away.

“It’s such a good feeling when a fan comes over with your name on the back of their shirt. It’s not just a case of us coming here and signing something, we have a good chat with them as well and it’s good to bond.

“The third kit is lovely and the fans seem to have reacted well to it. The lads love it too so it’s nice to see the supporters reciprocating that.”

Saturday sees former Pompey boss Paul Cook come against his old club but Grigg says the players won’t be affected by the attention surrounding the match.

“It’s one of those things with the manager and staff coming up against their old club, but for us it’s just another game and there’s three points up for grabs,” he explained. “We’ve worked hard all week to prepare properly for the game.

“We’ve been concentrating on ourselves and have been playing some really good stuff. We just need to try and maintain that form for 90 minutes, and if we do then there won’t be a team who can cope with us.”

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