Will Grigg has described his time at Wigan Athletic as ‘a whirlwind’ after signing a new deal with the club.
The Northern Ireland ace signed a new deal on Thursday to remain at the DW Stadium until the summer of 2020, after extending his deal which was due to end at the end of the season.
And as he fights for a place in Paul Cook’s side after recovering from a knee injury, Grigg says he is looking forward to ‘cracking on’.
“I’m really pleased to have signed a new contract with the club,” he said.
“From the moment I first signed it’s been a whirlwind, but I’ve loved every minute of it and to get this deal done means everything to me and I’m really happy.”
Grigg has scored 35 goals for the club in 85 appearances for Latics since signing from Brentford in 2015, including 28 in the 2015-16 League One promotion campaign.
But he admits he found last season, when Latics suffered relegation from the Championship, frustrating.
“The first season I had with the club was brilliant but last year was a frustrating one for me with injuries,” he said.
“It’s been hard work but I’m feeling really good at the moment and I’d say I’m very close to full fitness.
“I’ve been at quite a few clubs now but this is the one I’ve felt at home at and my family are settled too. This deal hasn’t taken a long time to do because I was keen to get it done as quickly as possible, and I think that shows what the club means to me.
“We’ve got this done now so I just want to crack on from here.”
And Grigg says the relationship he has with Latics’ fans played a crucial part in his desire to stay.
He said: “The happier I’ve been the better I’ve done and that comes from the feeling I’ve had at the club.
“It starts with the fans and they’ve been brilliant towards me, so if I can keep that going for years to come then I’ll be happy with that.”
Manager Cook also hailed the deal for a ‘key’ member of his squad.
“This is absolutely great news for the club,” he said,
“Will is a proven goal-scorer, a superb professional and is a key part of the squad. This was one of the priorities of the summer and I thank the chairman and the club for making this possible.
“To have this kind of commitment from Will is a huge shot in the arm for the team, the club and all the Wigan Athletic supporters.”