Max Power discusses the emotions of Latics' title-winning victory and his own personal battle this season.
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It's been a rollercoaster ride for Max Power in 2017/18, but he insists his journey in Sky Bet League One has been one of his best lessons in football, with his hunger for the game returning and culminating in sensational scenes when Latics captured the title at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.
The midfielder began:
"I'll be having a good break during the summer. I can finally put what happened at the beginning of the season to bed.
"I think a lot of other people would have gone the other way, but I feel like I've come back from the dead. Against MK Dons on the first day of the season I was on the couch at my mum's wondering where I was at with my career. It was a real crossroads.
"I'm very grateful to Paul Cook and the chairman because they were always honest with me from the start. What happened was a real lesson for me, but I'm actually glad it happened in a way because it made me hungry again.
"I've always dedicated my life to football, but I'd like to think I've taken that to another level. I've been in early every day at 6.30am to work hard in the gym. I've worked hard on every aspect of my game, I'd like to get more goals than I do, but I've been judging myself on clean sheets recently because my role has changed. I've enjoyed every position I've played in this season."
On the scenes at the end of Latics' 1-0 victory at the Keepmoat on Saturday afternoon, Power continued:
"The scenes at the end of the Doncaster game are what you work hard for in football. The whole season led to Saturday, we believe we've been the best team in the league and on Saturday we went out and proved it.
"It's been a fantastic season. It's had a bit of everything with the FA Cup run and then to be crowned champions again.
"Football is a game that runs on emotion and the supporters showed that at Doncaster.
"Bouncing back from the disappointment of last season is not as easy as people think and that's credit to the manager, his staff, the players and of course the fans. They stuck by us after a really difficult season.
"We've learned lessons from last season, but we know just how tough it's going to be next season back in the Championship."
Reflecting on the season with his team mates, Power was full of praise and ran out of superlatives for the squad.
"Christian Walton has had a fantastic season and deservedly won the Golden Glove award, he's been rock solid.
"Nathan Byrne has been fantastic and I've really enjoyed playing with him on that side of the pitch. Callum Elder and Reece James have battled it out all season.
"Lee Evans made a huge contribution in the first half of the season, but I'd like to thank Sheffield United for buying him because it got me back in the team.
"I could go through the whole team. We've got Nick Powellw who is way above this level and he's shown that this season. Will Grigg... I could go on forever.
"Special mention to my little mate Perks as well. He's not played as much this season but he drives lads on in training and he's arguably still the fittest at the club. He came on during the game on Saturday and got a great ovation, it's those characters who you enjoy being around."