Midfielder Darron Gibson grateful to Paul Cook and says his time at Latics has been his most enjoyable football spell for a while.
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Speaking on the latest episode of our podcast, Latics Listen, midfielder Darron Gibson said his time at the club has been his most enjoyable for a while and paid tribute to his manager Paul Cook for the opportunity given to him last summer.
Listen to Darron's chat above, or read an excerpt of his interview below.
"He gave me another chance. I’m really enjoying it and it’s been a while since I last enjoyed my football so long may it continue.
"Obviously what happened last year was bad for me so it’s difficult for a manager to put trust in me to come in and play again, but I kept myself busy during the period I was off and made sure I was fit in case anything happened.
"He asked me to come in and I knew ability wise that I still have it, but he put me through some tough runs the first couple of days and I got through them and then we went to Spain for pre-season.
"The manager was probably told by people not to touch me but I knew that if he saw what I could do then I’d prove him and others wrong. I’m really grateful to him.
"There was a lot of personal stuff going on that nobody knows about and will never know about, and what happened just happened and it’s in the past now. I’ve moved on and I’m in a happy place now and enjoying my football."
Gibson featured in last week's trip to Nottingham Forest, and with Samy Morsy now suspended for two matches, he's looking to make an impact in Latics' midfield.
"I don’t think the performances have changed that much recently with regards to playing well or not playing well, we’ve just been letting in sloppy goals and obviously results wise things haven’t been brilliant but we’ve just got to pick ourselves up and go for the next one.
"You look at the result from last Saturday and 3-1 doesn’t really tell the full story. We were probably the better team for the majority of the game, they just had three shots from outside of the box and scored all three.
"We missed a penalty and missed another chance just after it so nothing is really going for us luck wise at the moment, but we just have to keep plugging away and it will change eventually."
With Danny Fox and Leon Clarke joining the squad this week, Gibson said there's been a lift in training, added to that Antonee Robinson, Gavin Massey and Anthony Pilkington all returned to the group.
The midfielder continued:
"We’ve got experience in the dressing room already but to have someone like Danny Fox come in who has been at big clubs is brilliant. He’ll add to the dressing room and be good for the lads."