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Latics Forward Massey On Comeback Trail, New Deal & Season Hopes

We caught up with the Wigan Athletic forward ahead of the upcoming season.

Hi Gavin, how's pre-season going?

"I've been with the physios for the last couple of weeks so my recovery is going well and I should be back with the boys soon.

"We've done really well in the last three or four weeks and its not so long I'll finish over the line and be back training with the boys so I'll get a good few sessions in before the start of the season."

How frustrating has it been, being injured?

"It is frustrating, but I'm in the mindset where you just get on with it now obviously The frustration was the lack of games but when I did play in them I thought I done really well.

"If anything was going to happen for me to get injured it happened at the perfect time so it just gives me to miss the summer to recover and I'll be ready for the start of the season."

Do you enjoy pre-season or is it something you dread?

"I don't think any boy likes pre-season but we've got a really fit squad and everyone keeps themselves in check throughout the summer

"When you come back day one the boys are fit enough anyway so its not as bad as what it used to be because your body is used to it, we don't enjoy it but we just get on with it."

You recently signed a new deal, how pleasing is it to cement your future here?

"It's always something I wanted to do.  It was ongoing from last season but I just wanted to concentrate on football and the main thing was for us to stay up in the division and a couple weeks later I signed my new deal so it was perfect for me.

"I wanted to stay up here, I'm settled up here so it just worked out perfect."

It was a great achievement staying up last season, what can the club do this season?

"The first goal is always to stay in the league.  It's such a massive league, you get so much benefits of being in this division, everyone wants to play against big clubs with big attendances so that's always the first goal then the second goal is kicking on from what we done last season."

"I think we finished the season really well.  The last how many games we were unbeaten and we started the season really well it was just that middle patch that wasn't so well but it was down to injuries and things like that, chopping and changing it was hard for the boys."

"We know we can be a match for most teams.  We beat big sides last season and the year before so its not a case of being worried about who we play against, its just about kicking on, we've got a good team here and we're going to add to that, its going to be stronger than last year so hopefully we can kick on."

Do you think the Championship get's stronger every year?

"You see the figures people get bought for and you see players coming in from the Prem into the Championship so the league never gets any easier.  Last season was one of the toughest I've seen it. 

"There's some big teams in there and this season is going to be exactly the same but we're willing to compete.  The way we set out, the way the gaffer likes to play his football, we're going to be a match for anyone, we like to give 100% that's what we'll do."

Any personal goals for the season ahead?

"I just want to implement myself into the championship, I felt I had a good one last season from the games I did play and being fit is the main thing and from then on I'll just give 100% and hopefully kick on."

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