BEN Watson won’t be lacking in motivation for wanting to return to the Wigan Athletic fold with a bang.
Not only is the 28-year-old desperate to make up for lost time, having missed the crucial run-in to last season when Latics fell just short of achieving their goals in two competitions.
Watson is also determined to repay the club for standing by him at a time when he needed them most.
At the time of his injury in February, Watson was in the process of negotiating an extension to his contract that expired this summer.
From having all the cards in his favour, Watson suddenly had the carpet pulled from under his feet, with a badly-broken leg to contend with and months of gruelling recuperation.
Latics, however, honoured their commitment to him and extended his deal – meaning he can continue his recuperation without any off-field worries.
And the player admits his big debt of gratitude to the club will spur him on to come back to bigger and better efforts next season.
“The club were brilliant with me, all that got sorted pretty much straight away, as soon as I got the injury,” he told the Evening Post.
“Everyone got together – the gaffer, the chairman, Jonathan Jackson, my agent – and there were no complications.
“It gives me another year here, and I want to pay the club back for everything they’ve done by getting fit and helping us to get back into the Premier League.
“You never know what’s around the corner in this game. Certain clubs could have just left it – but thankfully that wasn’t the case here.
“It was all sorted quickly, and it’s down to me now to get back out there on the pitch.”