Grimsby Town Football Club are delighted to announce that Academy graduate, Max Wright has committed his future to the club.
Wright has penned a new two-year contract, which will keep him at the Mariners until the summer of 2022, with the option of a further year.
Wright spoke exclusively to gtfc.co.uk moments after penning his new deal with the club. "I absolutely can't wait to get started, I'm a Grimsby lad and I've been a hardcore Mariner all my life", said Wright. "The fans are everything to me and I want to do it for them. Although I've been let down at times in the past, the fans have been brilliant with me and I've had nothing but their support, so I want to do it for them".
The 2019/20 was seen as a breakthrough campaign for Max, making 29 appearances in all competitions which included numerous starts, most recently at local rivals, Scunthorpe United in our final competitive fixture of the campaign. Wright spoke about the disappointing way in which the season was curtailed, just as he felt he was making an impact. "Yes it was [a disappointing way to end the season], especially because earlier on in the season, I missed 9 games from injury just at a time where I was making the starting 11 every week", said Wright.
"Then the manager change situation happened and ending with the final 9 games being cancelled just at the time I was working and developing my game with the gaffer and he starts me in the local derby and I played the full 90 minutes in a role that I've never played before at right wing-back!"
Despite the disappointing end to the 2019/20 season, Wright has high hopes for next season and cannot wait to get back to work with help from the Mariners fans. "I am determined to get driving and attacking at defences this season", said Wright. "The fans are brilliant with me, the fans' willingness to urge me on is like power behind me. I work incredibly hard and being scholared every day by the Gaffer means I aim to be the best I can be. Make no mistake, I will be giving everything. You've got to be ambitious and got to be positive and by that, you've got to believe that you can make attractive performances and promotion happen."
It has been almost 4 months since the Mariners had a competitive fixture, something that Wright cannot wait to change. "We all knew we loved football but WOW, how much has lockdown emphasised just how important this game is in our lives?" mentioned Wright.
"I'm trying not to dwell on the tragic events that still exist during the pandemic, but football is important for our physical health, mental health, community spirit, friendship and all the brilliant banter that goes with it. Basically, a world without football is no world at all! That's how important it is. Hopefully, we're not too far away from being back in our black and white at BP."
Manager, Ian Holloway spoke to BBC Radio Humberside and Matt Dean yesterday regarding Max and his commitment to the club. "He's a wonderful kid", said Holloway. "He's got the heart and soul, he's got the heart of a lion, a Grimsby lion and that's what I want. It gives him a chance to grow with us and he will be in my squad every week. I'm delighted and particularly, I remember the last game we played very vividly, I was absolutely delighted with his performance, the passion he showed to wear our shirt deserved a new deal".