TIM Chow admits he’s determined to make the most of his second chance to make the grade at Wigan Athletic.
The 21-year-old yesterday put pen to paper on a new two-year contract to stay at the DW Stadium.
It caps a remarkable couple of months for the Billinge-born midfielder, who looked to be on his way after being told he was surplus to requirements.
However, the appointment in April of Gary Caldwell as manager changed all that, with Chow being drafted into the side for the final four games of the season.
And with the ink still drying on his new deal, Chow says he’s champing at the bit to justify the faith shown in him by Caldwell and assistant boss Graham Barrow.
“It’s been surreal, a whirlwind for me,” Chow told the Evening Post.
“But I definitely feel it’s made me a better person.
“I was absolutely devastated when I was told there wouldn’t be a new contract for me.
“I remember speaking to my dad and saying I couldn’t believe they were letting me go without me having had the chance to show what I can do.
“Thankfully Gary took over as manager and has given me this second chance, and I’m determined to make the most of it and justify his faith in me.
“It’s up to me to repay that faith. I owe so much to him and Graham Barrow, and I just want to do myself justice.”
Having been faced with the prospect of finding himself a new club, Chow is now firmly focused on the coming season when he could well play a key role in the Latics engine room.
“I never contemplated going anywhere else, but it was nice to sign the contract and get it sorted,” he added.
“I can now look forward to next year and hopefully play my part in us having a good season.
“We’ve got the right manager, the right structure in place, and everyone at the club is really excited about next year and what it might bring.”