VICTOR Moses is ready to lift the gloom surrounding Wigan Athletic by agreeing a contract extension at the DW Stadium.
The 20-year-old has been one of the bright spots of a disappointing campaign so far, looking a constant threat down the wing after stepping into the boots of the departed Charles N’Zogbia.
Despite having nearly two years remaining on the deal he signed after joining from Crystal Palace in January 2010, the England Under-20 ace wants to commit his long-term future to Wigan.
His agent, Tony Finnigan, is dealing with the club on his behalf, and Moses says once the finer points have been agreed, he can’t wait to put pen to paper.
“We’re all disappointed with the way things have gone recently, but all I know is I’m happy here, I love the club and I really want to stay,” Moses told the Evening Post.
“As far as the contract goes, that’s for my agent and the club to sort out.
“I just want to play my football - I’ll let other people worry about the other stuff.
“I’ve told him to get on with it, and come back to me when they’re ready for me to sign.
“For the moment, though, all my focus is now on helping Wigan get away from the bottom of the league - I can’t be worrying about anything else.”
Finnigan, who brokered the deal to bring Moses from Selhurst Park, confirmed talks were “ongoing”, and doesn’t foresee any problems in concluding an extension.
“Victor is enjoying playing at the moment and that is the main thing,” said Finnigan.
There wasn’t much enjoyment to be had at the weekend, when Latics crashed 3-1 at home to Bolton to slip to joint-bottom of the Premier League.
The home side were unable to build on Momo Diame’s superb equaliser, with three defensive errors costing them any chance of the points.
Next up for Latics is the tough trip to Tyneside to take on a Newcastle side who are one of only three sides still unbeaten this term.
But Moses is confident Latics can arrest their six-match losing sequence - if they can play to the best of their ability.
“Obviously we were all disappointed with the result at the weekend, but it’s up to us to pick ourselves up and get a least a point at Newcastle,” he recognised.
“It’s a massive test but one we’re all looking forward to.
“It’ll be a very tough game, because they’re still unbeaten this season, but we need to go there full of belief that we can get a result or there’s no point.
“I’ve been very impressed with Newcastle this year - to still be unbeaten is a great record.
“But it’s all about us on the day and whether we can come up with a performance.”
“We’re still staying positive, because it’s still a very early point of the season and there’s still a lot of games to go.”