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Winks on new deal: 'It's an ambitious time for us all'

Posted on 17 May 2018  - 13:45

Buoyant Harry Winks is moving forward with a positive outlook after putting pen to paper on a new contract.

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The all-action central midfielder enjoyed a superb breakthrough season in 2016-17 and followed that up with some eye-catching displays in the first few months of 2017-18, including two memorable displays against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.

Unfortunately, an ankle injury has limited his game time in 2018 and, by his own admission, that setback was tough to take.

But with his new deal signed and surgery lined up to get him back on the right track, Harry has a new air of optimism ahead of the summer.

“I’m delighted to sign a new contract with the club,” said the Academy product, who has made 61 appearances for us to date. “It’s been a mixed season for me in terms of playing, with some of the heights of the Bernabeu and getting some great wins, but there’s been some lows as well with my ankle injury.

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“I’m determined to go forward positively, though. It’s easy to dwell on the negatives and the hard stuff that’s happened this season but all I can do really is to focus on the positives. I’ve had some great times so hopefully I can take that into next year and create more memories.

“I’m still young, I’m really happy that the club has made such a statement to me by offering me a long-term contract and obviously now I want to try to repay that faith by getting ready for the new season.

“The most important thing in the short-term is to get myself fit, get my ankle right and hopefully I can have a long, injury-free campaign next year, contribute to a lot of games and we can go on and win a trophy that we all know we want and deserve. I’d like to be a part of that.”

Harry’s last appearance for us came in the FA Cup replay win over Rochdale in February and, although he was disappointed not to be able to contribute during the closing stages of the campaign, he was thrilled to see his team-mates secure a third consecutive top three finish in the Premier League at the end of a tough year at Wembley.

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“At the beginning of the season, I feel we got written off with a lot of people talking about the so-called Wembley curse and saying it would be difficult to get some good results there, but we’ve shown that we can overcome that hurdle and we’ve done that in a great way by finishing third and doing so well,” he said.

“Going into the new stadium, it’s our aim to go one step further. It’s going to be an ambitious time for us all but we’ve got a great squad, a great fan base and great coaches so everything is in position to go places.

“It’s really exciting to go into the new stadium. It’s something that every player in the squad is looking forward to and it’s exciting for the fans and the club. Hopefully we can have some really good moments in that stadium going forward.

“The future of the club is definitely in the right place and I think that reiterates why so many people are committed to the future and everyone is on board with trying to get this club to where we want to get to.”