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6 July 2017

Midfielder delighted to be reunited with former Colchester United teammate Gavin Massey at Latics.

  • Alex Gilbey on former Colchester United teammate Gavin Massey.
  • “He’s direct and he’ll get the fans off their seats,” Gilbey on Massey.
  • Midfielder spoke exclusively to

We caught up with Wigan Athletic midfielder Alex Gilbey this week after the signing of forward Gavin Massey.

Gilbey was in jubilant mood after hearing the news that his good friend and former Colchester United teammate Gavin Massey will be joining us here at the DW Stadium.

Speaking of Massey, Gilbey said:

“Gavin’s a very good player; he’s direct and he’ll get the fans off their seats.

“I think it’s an exciting signing for the club and for the players I think he is a great addition because he’ll fit in off the pitch as well as he will on it.”

And Gilbey says adding Massey to an already strong and forward line is important with Sky Bet League One set to be tougher than ever in his opinion.

“I think it is really important that we have strength in depth in every position because this is going to be a long season,” he added.

“You look at the players that are being signed in this division and you know it is going to be very strong this season and competitive in every game.”

Gilbey and the rest of the players have been out to Spain to get to know new manager Paul Cook and his staff before returning to Euxton this week and Gilbey says he has instantly hit it off with the new boss:

“He’s class, I think the boys really like him,” Gilbey said. “We have worked hard out here and my early impressions of him are that if we are truthful with him, show him respect and get on the same page as him, then he will bring this group success.”

That morale that seems to have developed out in Spain stands Latics in good stead ahead of their pre-season fixtures and, talking about Massey again and how he’ll fit into the group, Gilbey finished by saying it’s crucial to have that bond amongst the playing staff.

“It’s massive that we have a positive group,” he explained. “I think on the pitch it means so much because you dig deep and give that extra 10% for your mates because you know you’ll get it back.

“For me it is one of the biggest things in football so if we can get that right then we will be successful in my eyes.”

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