Ever-present full back can't wait to face former club Charlton Athletic on Friday.
- Nathan Byrne talks about the season so far and his time at Charlton Athletic.
- Full back has played every single minute for Latics in the league in 2017-18.
- Read Byrne's full interview in the official match day programme.
Catching up with the official match day programme this week, Nathan Byrne took time to discuss his loan spell with Friday's opponents Charlton Athletic, as well as reviewing Latics' season so far.
The ever-present full back has been delighted with his personal progress and the achievements of the group at the half way stage.
Below is an excerpt of his interview.
YOU’VE PLAYED EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY LEAGUE GAME SO FAR, HOW DO YOU ASSESS YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE TEAM?
“The gaffer asked me to play a more attacking role at the start of the season and have less defensive responsibility than a normal full back.
“It’s perfect for my game and I’m very happy with my contribution to the team so far, something I want to maintain until the end of the season.
“Last year was tough for me. I started off well, but it got worse and worse for me as time went on, so this year I just wanted to get myself into the team and cement a place, so I can’t complain with how things are going.
“I’m really enjoying this season and game-by-game I’m feeling stronger. The manager is very good with us in that respect, as he gives the starting XI plenty of rest between matches.
“The recovery is very good and when it’s game-after-game you don’t think about your fitness, you just keep running. When the whistle blows you keep going until it goes again after 90 minutes.”
HOW WAS YOUR TIME AT CHARLTON? IT SEEMS LIKE IT WAS AN EVENTFUL START FOR YOU?
“The first few games were crazy. I made my debut in the derby against Millwall the day after I signed. The second game we went to Bolton Wanderers, I scored and we won with 10 men, and then in the third game I got sent off.
“It was a strange start, but I loved my time down there. They’re going through a bit of trouble off the pitch between the fans and the owners, but it’s a good club and I really enjoyed being there.
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“They’re a good bunch of lads in the team and their style really suited me because Karl Robinson likes to play football.
“He’s been around for a while despite being relatively young still. He did a great job at MK Dons and now he’s trying to do the same with Charlton. He likes his teams to build from the back and get the ball moving between the lines, so it was good for me and I’m looking forward to seeing him again today.”
CHARLTON’S FORM WAS VERY GOOD AT THE END OF YOUR TIME THERE, DO YOU CONSIDER THAT AS THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUR PERSONAL GOOD FORM THIS SEASON?
“Yes, it really helped. I finished the season strongly and naturally I felt good going into pre-season. I came back to the club excited because we had a new manager and a good mix of lads.
“I was buzzing for the season and I got up to fitness quickly, which helped me to fight for a place in the starting XI.
HOW HAVE YOU FOUND THINGS SINCE YOU CAME BACK TO THE CLUB FROM YOUR LOAN SPELL AT CHARLTON LAST SEASON?
“I’m not surprised at how well we’re doing because the boys have incredible ability and a lot of the team know this league inside out.
“Last season was difficult because we were disjointed. Some of the current team, myself included, were out on loan, some were injured and others weren’t being picked. Those who are still here from last season didn’t play a great deal of football together, but the manager has come in and brought us all back together.
“We know how good we can be. It’s about staying consistent and using the good performances we’ve put in so far to collect as many wins as possible from now until the end of the season.”