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27 July 2017

Forward talks Latics journey, pre-season and the team’s top golfers in exclusive chat with iFollow Latics.

  • Two years with Latics: Michael Jacobs interview.
  • Forward discusses pre-season, his journey with Latics and the top golfers at Latics.
  • Jacobs: “The new manager and his staff and have been really positive”

Wigan Athletic forward Michael Jacobs celebrated two years as a Latics player on Thursday, in which time he has scored 13 goals in 84 appearances.

After a flying start to life at the DW, Jacobs picked up an injury in January 2016, which saw him miss three months of the campaign.

Last year, he scored three goals for Latics and played regularly in a struggling side. His determination this time around is to reflect his form from his debut season at the DW, this year.

“It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster after the joys of getting promoted from League One as Champions to being relegated from the Championship,” Jacobs said.

“I have enjoyed playing for the club and representing the club and hopefully this year, with a new manager and staff we’ll push to get back to where we want to be in the Championship – last year was a bit of a let-down and we want to put it right.

“In League One I did quite well before the hiccup of the injury; I got ten goals and this year I hope I stay as fit and strong as I can and I’ll see if I can contribute with goals and assists.”

And Jacobs will be hoping to produce the goods for new boss Paul Cook and his staff, who have impressed the former Northampton Town, Derby County and Wolves man.

“It’s been really good; he’s really positive, he wants to play football in the right way and he wants to get that message across to the boys as quickly as possible,” he added.

“We’ve got some news faces who are blending in well into the squad; it’s going alright so far, we’re unbeaten in pre-season and now we want to make sure we’re ready for MK Dons – I think we are well on the way to doing that.”

One of the methods of Cook and his staff has been to introduce and innovative pre-season, using ‘old school’ methods to strengthen the players physically as well as mentally. Something Jacobs has experienced before:

“We used to do a bit at Derby,” he continued. “We used to run up golf holes and go swimming, Nigel Clough liked that old school pre-season at Derby. It is more of a mental thing, to get through the stuff that is being thrown at you and obviously getting fitter along the way – we’ve enjoyed it.”

Over the summer, Jacobs and his teammates have played a bit of golf – with Crackers backing himself amongst the top three players at Latics.

“I have been trying to [play golf],” Jacobs added. “It’s not been going very well! I think I have got worse the more I have played! I do like a game of golf; we have a few lads here who like to play so it’s good that we can go and socialise away from football on days off.

“Sam Stubbs is very good – we played in Spain and he was very good. It is probably a toss-up between me and Powelly [Nick Powell] after that but I normally beat him!”

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