Roberto’s faith got me through hell – Maloney
SHAUN MALONEY has thanked Roberto Martinez for dragging him through the injury hell that made him question whether he could carry on.
Maloney, 30, reckons he is only just starting to show his true quality after years of frustration.
His first stint at Celtic was wrecked by knee trouble and he has also been hampered by ankle problems.
Even when he first pitched up at Wigan in 2011 he took months to get fit and only forced his way into the Latics line-up a year ago.
But he whacked in vital goals to ensure Martinez’s side stayed in the Premier League with a miracle run of seven wins from nine matches at the end of the season, which included his incredible winning strike against Man United.
Maloney will always be grateful to his manager for the chance.
And he revealed there were times he wondered if he would ever be able to show his real ability.
He was rewarded for his consistent showings with a new deal last month and considers the last year to be the best of his career.
He said: “Before I came to the club I’d been plagued by injuries.
“Because of that the past year has been as enjoyable as football has been for a long time in my career.
“The manager at Wigan was very patient with me, probably more patient than I was at times, but his faith in me also served as a push to get back to my best.”
He added: “I still feel as though I can contribute more to the team.
“I should have more goals to my name this season and should be creating more chances.
“But that will come from harder work in training.”
FIGHTING FIT: Maloney signed
a new Latics deal last month