Former MK Dons loanee Ryan Colclough lifts the lid in our latest big interview for the match day programme.
- Programme interview: Ryan Colclough.
- Colclough talks; MK Dons loan spell, Portsmouth defeat and the promotion race.
- Catch up with Ryan as he tells us how he's loving life under Paul Cook.
Speaking for the match day programme ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League One clash with his former loan club MK Dons, Latics winger Ryan Colclough shared his thoughts on the team's recent form, his time at Stadium MK and how he's enjoying his football under Paul Cook and his management team.
Below is an excerpt from Ryan's chat, with the full interview available in the match day programme on Saturday, or by purchasing online through Ignition Sports Media.
RYAN, YOU SEEM TO BE REALLY ENJOYING YOUR FOOTBALL AT THE MOMENT, WOULD YOU SAY IT’S THE BEST PERIOD OF YOUR TIME WITH LATICS?
“I’m definitely enjoying my football here. I’ve had times when I’ve been in and out of the team which is less enjoyable, but the last couple of months have been fantastic for me.
“I’ve been involved a lot, started a lot more games and I really feel like I’m contributing to the group. When you play in a team that is playing so well with such great character and atmosphere around the squad, it makes things a lot easier to do your job.
“My confidence has risen from training and playing with this group and the staff instill positivity in all of us.
“The gaffer is very positive and during training sessions he’s constantly praising the boys and giving you the reassurance that you’re doing your job right.
“He doesn’t focus on mistakes, as long as you’re willing to try and do things in the right way and that’s what gives us all confidence and makes us want to succeed. That’s certainly why I’m enjoying myself and I’ve been playing well lately.”
TELL US ABOUT YOUR LOAN SPELL WITH MK DONS...
“The season before last when I initially signed for the club was my first full season. I’d played every game for Crewe before I came here and then a good number of matches on our run-in for the League One title, whereas before that I’d been out injured for 16 months.
“Going into the Championship with Wigan Athletic and not playing in the early matches was getting frustrating.
“It was very important for me to go out and get games because I didn’t want that momentum I’d picked up in 2016 to fall away.
“I had a long discussion with Gary Caldwell at the time and he finally agreed to let me go out on loan. I had a few options, but I ended up choosing MK Dons because at the time I knew they were a team who wanted to play in my style.
“Karl Robinson certainly wanted his team to play football in what I believe is the right way, he wanted to get the ball out to the wide players, which was always going to benefit me.
“I really enjoyed my time there and Karl is one of the better managers I’ve played under.”
YOU SEEMED TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING AT MK DONS, HOW MUCH DID THAT BENEFIT YOUR RETURN TO LATICS?
Ryan celebrating his goal against Bolton Wanderers in just his second appearance for MK.
“I scored five goals for MK Dons and a hat-trick early on in my time there, so I knew I would enjoy myself.
“With me still being a young player I want to play as much as I can. Going there was definitely the right decision when I look back at it because the club was great for me.
“It was only really the last month when Karl left that I didn’t play. I got called back to Latics and I didn’t play much under Warren (Joyce), but over the last 10-12 games I was involved a lot and began to enjoy my football again.
“It was a disappointing end for us all, but come pre-season with Paul Cook in charge I knew I was going to enjoy this season.”
A COUPLE OF THOSE FAMILIAR FACES ARE FAMILIAR TO US ALL AT LATICS, IT’LL BE GOOD TO CATCH UP WITH SOME OLD FRIENDS WON’T IT?
“I’m looking forward to seeing Lee (Nicholls) and Alex (Gilbey).
“Lee’s a great lad and it’ll be nice to catch up with Gilbs because I’m sure he’ll be at the game.
“It’s a real shame what’s happened to him this season with his injury and it’s never nice to see a fellow player, especially a former team mate, suffer from a season-long injury.”
MONDAY’S DEFEAT TO PORTSMOUTH WAS TOUGH TO TAKE, HOW DO YOU ASSESS THE GAME AT FRATTON PARK?
“We set out to win every game, so it’s a massive disappointment. It hurts us all a lot when we lose a game, so we’re all desperate to get back on track.
“Nothing changes for us, the game plan of trying to win every game stays exactly the same. There are going to be hiccups along the way, you only have to look at Manchester City, they set out to win all four trophies and we put them out of one of them.
“We’ve got to take those hiccups, bounce back and hit great form again.”