Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Wednesday June 1 2011
Tom Cleverley has headed back to Old Trafford with a heavy heart following a year spent at Wigan Athletic, the club has certainly got under Tom`s skin and yet again the Latics have touched deeply a player who has been part of our amazing story.
The Manchester United youngster arrived on a season long loan last summer, although his time at the DW Stadium has been disrupted slightly with a niggling injury and a reluctance for United to allow Cleverley to play in cup matches, 25 appearances and four goals though isn`t a bad return from the 21 year old.
Slotting into life at the Latics was easy for Tom, the great camaraderie that Martinez has instilled at the club soon had him feeling part of the set-up and he was buzzing with the final day win at Stoke that secured Premier League survival for the Latics.
Speaking to the Wigan Evening Post Tom Cleverley said: 'People think loan players just turn up for a year then go back to their clubs, but I don't think there were two happier people in the dressing at Stoke than me and Ali Al Habsi.'
'I was buzzing, so were the rest of the lads. All we could do was win and we did just that.
'At the end we weren't quite sure if we'd done it, but when the news came through it was the best moment of my career - absolutely the best.'
'I loved every minute of being there, the lads and manager were great the staff and fans were also great with me.
'If someone had offered me that at the start of the season I would have snapped their hand off!'
Just like ending a holiday romance Cleverley is sad to be departing but he insists that the Latics will always be in his heart.
Cleverley continued: 'I'll be back at United next year but Wigan will be the first result I'll look for and the club will always be close to my heart.'
'This year at Wigan is definitely one of the best of my career.'
Farewell Tom - See you next season, one way or another
And its goodbye from Tom
By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
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Date:Wednesday June 1 2011
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