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23 March 2018

Former Bury forward James Vaughan discusses his time at Gigg Lane, his current run in Latics' team and the squad's determination to earn promotion.

  • Preview: James Vaughan's thoughts ahead of Latics clash with Bury.
  • Striker talks about getting back to enjoying his football at Bury in 2016-17.
  • Vaughan delighted with recent game-time and the trust throughout the squad.

Ahead of Latics' visit to Bury in Sky Bet League One this weekend, former Shakers forward James Vaughan spoke to, discussing his time at Gigg Lane and showing his appreciation to the club he scored 24 goals for in Sky Bet League One last season.

"I really enjoyed my time at Bury. It was a time when I needed to get back into enjoying my football and everyone there really helped me to do that.

"We had a great set of lads and the management and staff really looked after me, so I enjoyed every minute of it.

"It was a case of going out every week and working as hard as I could and as a result of that the goals came along. I played more games than I've ever played in one season last year and I got the goals to show for that by the end of the campaign.

"It all fit together for me at Bury and it was a successful season personally. As a team we could have done better in the end, but unfortunately it wasn't to be.

"I've got a very similar feeling here because I've settled in just as well. I'm enjoying it as much, the goals haven't come yet, but I'm sure they will."

Vaughan has started the last two league games on the road against Bradford City and Walsall, playing an integral part in back-to-back victories as a focal point in attack.

"I'm not worried about how many goals I've scored. We're at the stage now where wins matter, it doesn't matter if it's me or someone else as long as we get what we need to get up.

"The way I'm battling with defenders through the middle is a completely different style to last season, but I enjoy the gritty side of the game just as much as scoring goals.

"It's good to test yourself against defenders and I'm in the team to help players like Powelly and Michael Jacobs to get on the ball and give them space to hurt teams."

Vaughan continued:

"I'm a passionate person and I knew from a young age that I'm not the type of player who's going to beat four or five men and put one in the top corner, so it's been more a case of working as hard as I can and showing my desire for the game.

"I hope the fans are starting to see that side of me and if I can keep doing what I'm doing, I'm sure they'll appreciate it."

Impressed by Latics' togetherness as a squad, Vaughan said he and the group have full trust in each other, no matter who starts matches in the season run-in.

"Griggy has been brilliant. For me to be getting game time at any point, home or away, when Griggy is in the form he's in shows a lot of faith from the gaffer and I'm grateful for that.

"Of course we're fighting for that position, but that's exactly what any squad needs at this time of the season, because we need to know we can rely on anyone coming into the team.

"That was the case with Jay Fulton on Wednesday. He hasn't had a lot of game time, but he showed his character against Walsall and had a brilliant game.

"We're all like that and the gaffer knows he can trust every single one of us because we all want the same thing... promotion at the end of the season."

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