'Nice to prove a few people wrong': Will Grigg speaks out ahead of summer return to Sunderland after MK Dons loan
Will Grigg says his loan spell at MK Dons has helped to rejuvenate his career – as he prepares for a return to Sunderland.
The striker netted eight times for the Dons after making the January move to Stadium MK having fallen down the pecking order at the Stadium of Light – and says it was pleasing to ‘prove a few people wrong’ during his loan deal.
But with his loan deal set to expire in the coming weeks, Grigg is set to return to Wearside for pre-season training ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
Sunderland head coach Lee Johnson may yet sanction another exit for the striker, who joined the Black Cats in January 2019 after a high-profile pursuit.
However, it is highly unlikely that the side will recoup the seven-figure fee they spent on Grigg to prise him away from Wigan Athletic.
For Grigg, however, the focus has been purely on rediscovering his form.
That certainly happened during his temporary move, with the striker becoming a key part of Russell Martin’s side as they secured some eye-catching results.
"Definitely, yeah,” he said, when asked by iFollow Mk Dons if the move had rejuvenated him.
“I never fell out of love with the game because I love it. I love training and every day of it, but you go through spells and through times that are really tough.
"It has been tough for myself, I haven’t had a great couple of years, but that’s not out of wanting to try or wanting to get better.
"I’ve tried to do loads of things in the gym and off the pitch to try and get myself fit because when you’re not playing games it’s difficult.
"I went from not playing football and not playing a match properly, starting a match, for probably three months into an MK Dons team. I absolutely loved my second debut against Rochdale and within a week I’d scored and got an assist.
"I was so happy to be back and just pleased. I always knew I still had the ability and the quality and it’s nice to prove a few people wrong.”