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31 January 2018

Midfielder speaks to iFollow Latics after signing extension to Latics deal.

  • WATCH: Latics midfielder Shaun MacDonald on signing his new contract
  • MacDonald has extended his stay with Latics until the summer of 2019
  • MacDonald: "Getting this contract is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel for me, but I know there’s a lot of hard work to do to get involved in the team and that’s my aim and my goal."

Wigan Athletic midfielder Shaun MacDonald told iFollow Latics today that signing a new one-year contract extension with the club gives him light at the end of the tunnel, after his injury nightmare of the past 10 months.

MacDonald, 29, is set to make a return to full training in February after a brief setback in his initial recovery and he wants to thank the club for their loyalty to him.

“It’s been a frustrating year for me, probably the toughest so far in my career,” MacDonald explained. “To be rewarded with this contract is a great sign from the club and I’m just looking forward to working hard now and getting back fit as soon as possible.

“It’s been a rollercoaster year for me really, I signed for the club and played a lot of games but got relegated which nobody wanted, and then to break my leg at the time I did and miss the whole of this season has been very tough. Whatever I’m doing though, whether that be in the gym or out on the pitch, I will always work hard and put in 100%.

“Getting this contract is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel for me, but I know there’s a lot of hard work to do to get involved in the team and that’s my aim and my goal.”

On his recent knock, picked up in a training game to help aid his rehabilitation, MacDonald continued:

“I have handled things really well up until this more recent setback, because I felt so strong and close to getting back in and amongst it.

“To initially be out for 4-6 weeks, which isn’t that long but feels like it when you have been out for a certain amount of time, it feels much longer.

“Luckily the injury isn’t as bad as we feared, it was a mis-timed challenge and the scans came back saying I’d be out for 4-6 weeks. We’re coming up to three weeks now so hopefully in another couple of weeks I’ll be back in full training. I’ve been out on the grass already doing a bit of running and changing direction, and it feels good so far.

“This is life though and people in different aspects of work have different challenges and this is no different for me, it’s just another hurdle for me to get over and I need to stay positive and that won’t change whatever happens going forward.”

MacDonald also added that he has found it difficult to watch on from the stands, given how well Paul Cook’s side are playing and the success they are enjoying.

Although he acknowledges that can only drive him on to get his recovery right to get back involved as soon as possible.

“I have to remain realistic and I’ll always be behind the lads, fully supporting them, whether I am in the squad our not,” MacDonald said.

“It’s a bittersweet feeling because I want to be a part of the success, I want to be a part of that feeling of winning and the performances. That gives me an added goal and incentive to get myself back playing as soon as I can, though.

“I’ve been at other clubs where I’ve been promoted before but we haven’t just been promoted from League One to the Championship, we’ve kicked on from there and I get a similar feeling with this bunch of lads here and the staff that have come in and put that into the lads.

“Everyone is going in the direction, fans included; it was difficult for the players last year and the fans as well and we came in for some criticism, but we seem to have them back on side now and hopefully we can keep it that way and we can go on a successful run, go up this year and then have a much better chance of doing much better in the Championship next year.”

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