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GAVIN MASSEY: “THE MANAGER AND THIS SQUAD IMPRESS ME”

6 July 2017

Winger Gavin Massey expresses his delight at signing for Latics after completing move to the DW Stadium.

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Wigan Athletic’s latest addition, forward Gavin Massey, says the current Latics squad and the recent success of manager Paul Cook made his move to the DW Stadium a no-brainer this summer, despite interest from a number of EFL clubs.

Massey spoke to the club’s official website on Thursday and said:

“It’s really pleasing to have finally got the move over the line; I have known since quite soon after the end of the season of the interest in me from Wigan and it’s something I have pursued since.

“It’s a club with great history in terms of my time following football and I am hoping to be a part of something special.

“The club is back in League One after a disappointing season but I have seen the squad and I am impressed by the gaffer and the success he has had - all in all it is a no brainer for me.

“I am looking forward to getting down to some hard work, it’s going to be fun and hopefully we will have a good season.

“The facilities here are incredible and not what I am used to, which makes me hungry to get going here.

“I am looking forward to playing against Liverpool now; it’s going to be a great occasion against some top-class players.”

Massey arrives at the DW with familiar faces already at the club in former Colchester United teammate Alex Gilbey and Nathan Byrne, who he knows through living down in Watford.

“It helps me having Alex here in the settling in period,” Massay said. “He will help to introduce me to the boys and get me familiar with the area after I missed the Spain trip.

“We have had a few good years together and it’s good to see how he has progressed his career, I am looking forward to playing with him again.”

Describing his style of play, Massey wanted to clarify he prefers to play out wide rather than through the middle as a central striker.

“I am a wide man by trade and I like to create a spark down the wing by getting at the full-backs,” he added.

“My job is to assist the boys and hopefully grab a few myself; the quality we have here it shouldn’t be so hard.”

Massey comes to the DW on the back of an eight-goal campaign for Leyton Orient, who unfortunately suffered relegation from League Two, and he wanted to thank his former club for their support in a turbulent period.

“It was difficult at Leyton Orient last year; it’s such a shame what has happened there because it’s a great club with great fans and staff,” he explained.

“It didn’t finish how we wanted to finish and I just wish them well under new ownership and hope they bounce back.

“On a personal note, I thought I had a really good season and – in terms of consistency – it was probably my best. It was in League Two – my first year at that level – but I have played mainly in League One in my career and I am ready to go again.”

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