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7 September 2017

Striker says relationship with the club and its supporters fundamental in agreeing long-term stay at Latics.

  • WATCH: Will Grigg on signing new Wigan Athletic contract.
  • Striker extends his stay until 2020.
  • Grigg: “This is where I feel at home”

Wigan Athletic striker Will Grigg says he is delighted to extended his stay with Latics until the summer of 2020.

Grigg met with Chairman David Sharpe on Thursday afternoon and sealed a deal until the summer of 2020, adding two years to his current contract which expired at the end of the current campaign.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after agreeing his deal, Grigg said:

“I’m really pleased to have signed a new contract with the club.

“From the moment I first signed it’s been a whirlwind, but I’ve loved every minute of it and to get this deal done means everything to me and I’m really happy.

“The first season I had with the club was brilliant but last year was a frustrating one for me with injuries. It’s been hard work but I’m feeling really good at the moment and I’d say I’m very close to full fitness.

“I’ve been at quite a few clubs now but this is the one I’ve felt at home at and my family are settled too. This deal hasn’t taken a long time to do because I was keen to get it done as quickly as possible, and I think that shows what the club means to me.

“We’ve got this done now so I just want to crack on from here.”

And Grigg says the relationship he has with Latics’ fans played a crucial part in his desire to stay, adding:

“The happier I’ve been the better I’ve done and that comes from the feeling I’ve had at the club,” he continued.

“It starts with the fans and they’ve been brilliant towards me, so if I can keep that going for years to come then I’ll be happy with that.”

New boss Paul Cook has had to be patient with Grigg with the Northern Ireland international still recovering from long-term injury after he arrived, and the striker says he is thankful to his boss.

“The manager has been positive with me since the day I met him,” Grigg explained. “He understood my situation in terms of the injury and knew we had to slow things down, so he’s been brilliant and I’m raring to go.

“It’s been frustrating to watch most of the games this season to be honest because I’ve felt like I could have added more goals to the team. The lads have been playing so well though and if we maintain that then we’ll have no trouble. “

This weekend Latics face Shrewsbury Town, who have started the season in fine form, but Grigg says Cook’s side only have to get it right themselves to be a dominant force in this league.

“Shrewsbury have had a great start and have picked up lots of points while playing some good stuff along the way too,” he added.

“We’ve worked on them this week and where we feel we can exploit them, but it’s one of those where we play our stuff and turn up on the day then nobody will beat us.”

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