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- Gavin Massey speaks exclusively to iFollow Latics after signing new two-year contract with Wigan Athletic
- Massey, 26, has signed deal until the summer of 2021 with the club
- Massey: “I look back at last year as a really positive season for me”
Wigan Athletic forward Gavin Massey says he can look back on his 2018-19 campaign with positivity after he signed a new two-year deal with the club on Friday.
Massey, 26, featured only 20 times in an injury-hit season but scored five goals including strikes in wins over Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City as well as his double in Good Friday’s 2-1 win at Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow Latics, after signing his contract, Massey said:
“I am buzzing to get this done; it has been ongoing throughout the season and circumstances – in terms of how we were doing in the league – made me want to make sure we stayed up.
“We have had time to reflect and to get it over the line, I am buzzing.
“The Elland Road game was special; we needed something special with our away form and for us to go down to ten men, them to miss the penalty and they then get the goal, we were under the cosh but to get the two goals was unbelievable and that settled the nerves for the final few games.
"We have class fans here and they have been really good to me since I have been here. I hope I have repaid them, especially with the goals at Leeds."
“Unfortunately, I rolled my ankle in the Preston game and that is why I didn’t play in the last two games so I have got a bit of rehabilitation over the summer and I am hoping to be back early in pre-season so I can get fit and strong again for the new season.”
Reflecting on his campaign, which he started and finished well after missing the majority of the winter months with a hamstring injury, Massey added:
“I am really happy with the season I had; I started really well and scored at Stoke but the hamstring injury was a bit of a freak one and I missed a big chunk of games but ever since I got back in the team, I felt really strong, the gaffer put his trust in me and I finished the season really strong with four goals in the last ten games.
“That is why I look back at it as a really positive season for me, especially because it was my first main season in the Championship and I know I can handle it. Next season, I am looking forward to kicking on even more.”
Massey now has 70 Latics games in his locker after joining on a free transfer in 2017, following a season with Leyton Orient.
The former Watford and Colchester United forward helped Latics to win the Sky Bet League One Title in 2017-18 before his contributions last year in the Championship.
And he says his stay at the DW Stadium has been excellent on a personal level.
“It has been a dream for me,” Massey explained. “Everyone knows I was involved in relegation fights before I came here but when I signed I knew this was going to be something different, I knew I needed to put my own feel into it and we have quality players so it has been great for me.
“I have settled in, I have good friends here and the last two seasons have been really great with winning League One and then staying in the Championship, which probably tops it all because it hasn’t been done in a while for this club, so to do it with a really young team like we have is a credit to everyone.”
For now, Massey’s focus is on watching the play-off matches and ensuring he recovers from his current ankle injury in time to get back for Latics’ pre-season.
“I got a lot of messages from the fans around the last few games,” Massey continued. “It is nice, we have class fans here and they have been really good to me since I have been here. I hope I have repaid them, especially with the goals at Leeds.
“I have missed a few games in the last season so I don’t really need a break, it is just about getting fit and getting stronger and coming back ready to get in the gaffer’s plans for next season.
“I have been watching the play-offs; I have had a few messages after the play-off game on Wednesday night from a few fans with Leeds not managing to go up. We’ll play them again next season; it is a great stadium and a great atmosphere.
“There are obviously a few big clubs in League One fighting to come up so next season is going to be as strong as ever.”