Friday, 3 August 2018
Opening Day Optimism
The big kick off has arrived at last, the squad’s been tweaked – slightly – the friendlies played and optimism abounds, well in this part of Wigan at least, and why not.
Entering the new campaign on the back of a Championship winning season, with a settled squad, the big players still in place and most importantly the manager still at the helm.
We showed last season that we can compete in the big games, the FA Cup run gives me the hope, nay the belief that we will be a much stronger outfit than the last time we were in the Championship, the spirit in the squad is fantastic and Paul Cook, whilst not suffering fools, has created an atmosphere around the training ground that players love being involved in.
So I am going into the season with optimism, not false hope that we are going to smash it, but optimism that we will be at least competitive, I am looking forward to season without trauma or drama or any final day disappointments, I feel we have the ability to finish mid-table, keeping our heads well above the choppy waters of a relegation battle, we’ll leave that to the University of Bolton and QPR.
I am looking forward to Will Grigg having a good season, hopefully he’ll steer clear of injury and get his form up and running early. Dan Burn will also be a big player for us and I can envisage Jamie Walker breaking into the starting XI, he does look a real talent.
I’m excited about the season ahead, can’t wait for the takeover to be finalised, let’s get this party started.