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“I am really pleased; it has been ongoing since the summer but with the change of ownership these things can take a little bit longer,” Morsy explained.
“I want to be a part of what the manager is trying to do here and with the new ownership I hope we can go from strength to strength.
“We have a really good group – a real togetherness – and these tough moments like what we are going through now, they really test you but it brings us closer together and it will be all the more sweeter when we get back on a good run. It’s that bit of confidence probably, that little bit in both boxes that we need.
“There was never any doubt in my mind about signing because the manager wanted me to stay, the coaching staff trust me and there are a great set of players here – hopefully we can kick on now.”
YOU ALMOST LEFT THE CLUB IN 2017 DURING YOUR TIME ON LOAN AT BARNSLEY, BUT SINCE THEN THERE’S BEEN NO LOOKING BACK FOR YOU HAS THERE?
“It is crazy [making 100 appearances for the club] because if you had told me that when I went out on loan after being here just six months, I didn’t really see a future here.
“Football changes fast, though, and hopefully now we have a good thing going on and with the new ownership hopefully giving us a boost in January with some new exciting players, as well as players coming back from injury, we are going to have a really strong squad.
“It has been an amazing journey; the fans have been great with me from day one, I have really enjoyed it.
“The fans took to me straight away because they know that whether I play good or bad, the commitment will always be there and they seem to like that.”
IT MUST HAVE BEEN HARD TO IMAGINE BEING CAPTAIN HERE AT THAT MOMENT IN 2017 WHEN YOU ALMOST MOVED?
“Obviously it was a different set of circumstances for me back then, my future was up in the air, but I couldn’t have made a better decision than coming back from the loan and being part of this club.
“I’ve been captain everywhere I’ve played and even when I was at Barnsley, the manager then (Paul Heckingbottom) said I’d be his next captain, and then when I came back here and the gaffer (Paul Cook) came in, he made me and Dan (Burn) captains.
“There’s a funny story from when I played at Port Vale, I was 21 and the captain was being substituted. He gave me the armband to pass onto someone else and I just put it straight on.
“I remember hearing Micky Adams screaming from the touchline, GET THAT ARMBAND OFF NOW!, I had to run over to Tom Pope and give it to him. I knew from an early age that I enjoyed the responsibility of the role.”
WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS YOU NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR ROLE?
“You have to lead by example. You have to be organised and help one another on the pitch.
“My education in football from being a young player at Port Vale, which is a very ‘working class’ club if you like, was to always work hard.
“It was something instilled in my game by the coaches there. The mentality there was to get each other going. It’s something which has stayed with me throughout my entire career.”
HOW HAS BEING A CLUB CAPTAIN HELPED YOU INTERNATIONALLY WITH EGYPT? IT MUST HAVE INFLUENCE?
“There was a period before the World Cup in the summer when I was a little bit unsure about my place in the squad. It was between two of us for one spot.
“The other player had a really good game against Qatar in the warm up match and I got my chance in the Colombia game. One of my roles was to play in the same area as James Rodriguez.
“I knew I had to do well and bring that competitive nature of being a captain at club level into my international football. I had to make sure that individually Rodriguez didn’t have a good game, but at the same time I had to show the discipline I use for Wigan in terms of keeping everyone strong together.
“We had a good game and ended up drawing and that’s what booked my ticket on the plane to Russia.”
AND BACK AT LATICS, HOW IS YOUR ROLE HELPING YOU THROUGH WHAT HAS BEEN A DIFFICULT SEQUENCE OF RESULTS?
“We’ve got a good group here and there are more leaders in the dressing room than just myself, that’s what will help us to achieve our goals this season.
“I talk to Reece James quite a bit. He’s a sensational prospect coming through, but I already see leadership qualities in him. As he gets older and develops, he’s going to be a really good communicator and a leader in his own right.
“Professional football is a really tough industry with the level of competition for places, you need to have that fight. Everybody deals with it differently, but here we all lead by example with our training standards and how we carry ourselves across to supporters and the wider public.
“We’re all very competitive and we want to win every game. Sometimes you do anything you can to win. It means a lot to your team mates, to the manager and his staff, to the staff who work day-to-day at the club and most importantly to the fans.”