James' New Leicester Deal Delight
Matty James has said that his new deal with Leicester City gives him an 'amazing' opportunity following his injury troubles over the last few years.
Earlier this week the 26 year old midfielder signed a new four year deal at the club and having made three appearances for us so far this season it's a nice reward for him after his injury struggles and the hard work he's put in to return and James was extremely quick to thank people for the support he received over that period.
Speaking to lcfc.com after his new deal had been inked, James explained that the recent break had been good for him as well.
'It`s been really good. It`s given me a chance to unwind a little bit after a heavy pre-season and the first few Premier League games. For me, personally, it`s an amazing thing for me to be signing that deal. When you look back at where I was and how difficult it has been, I`ve overcome all of those obstacles and the reward at the end of it is a new four-year contract at the Club. I`m absolutely over the moon about it and I`m looking forward to putting in more good performances over the years.'
James went on to say that the togetherness within the club had certainly helped him in his recovery because at the low moments there was always somebody rallying around to give him a boost.
'It`s been a great club for me since the first day I signed. With the injury spell that I did have, the support I received was magnificent. That`s why I`m really happy to prolong my career here and who knows after that four-year deal where that takes me. The staff that are here have been here for a long time. It`s quite a close-knit group and whoever comes in feels welcome. It makes you feel like you`ve been here much longer than you have. It`s also a family-orientated club - the fans are in it together. You turn up on a Saturday [at King Power Stadium] and to the away games and they`re there cheering the lads on.'
Asked to reflect on his time since he arrived at the club back in 2012 and everything we've achieved since then, he went on to say.
'When I first joined, it was a transition for the Club. There were different managers and there was big money being spent. Before I arrived, quite a few of those players left and I arrived with numerous other lads. They just tried to bring in good, young, hungry players that were just trying to achieve. The first year I had here, we obviously had the play-offs, which not many people want to talk about but it was still a good season. We bounced back and finished on over 100 points in the Championship and then we had the Great Escape season.'
'It`s been non-stop in the first three years. After that, I was injured, but the Club has carried on growing. It`s been one thing after another for this Football Club and it`s definitely gone in the right direction from when I first signed.'
James also said that despite our recent adventures, the Premier League and survival remains the aim and that always has to be the case and then during a year we can kick on from there.
'People will ask what the achievements might be this season. We`ll go out and play every Premier League game like it`s our last and see where that takes us. I think at the minute, the Premier League is the best league in the world and anybody can beat anybody on their day. We`ll try and finish as high as possible and retain that Premier League status, which is what we want to do.'
Having got a full pre season under his belt and got first team games so far this year following his return to fitness last season and his loan spell out at Barnsley, James knows hopefully this is a start for him again.
'I hadn`t had a pre-season for the last couple of years. The last pre-season was up and down. I was in and out and I was always playing catch up. This time, it was all the way through. I was always training and it stood me in really good stead for the start of this season. It`s been excellent. I didn`t expect to be involved because I was coming back from a loan spell from Barnsley and it was just about trying to do as much as I could going into the last year of my contract. I just wanted to play as well as I could and see what happened. I`ve played in the first three Premier League games and it`s really enjoyable for me personally, but also for my family as well. Seeing me back in a Leicester City shirt is a great thing to me as well. I feel like the contract was a minor thing for me compared to what I`ve already been through. To not know if I was going to play football again, that`s pressure. That`s what I had to deal with and it was tough, so going into a last year of a contract feeling good, that wasn`t so much pressure, it was about enjoying it.'
So that brings up Chelsea this weekend at the King Power Power.
'We`ve got another tough game on Saturday and we need to make sure we keep them shutout first and foremost, but we`re at home and if we can play like we can do, I`m sure it`ll be a good day. It`s always easier when you`re creating chances rather than not and still losing the game. It`s about nailing down that final couple of per cent and keeping it shut. If we take our chances, we can upset some of the bigger teams.'