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As debut campaigns go, Will Grigg’s first at Wigan Athletic couldn’t have gone much better.
Factor in a slow start, an almost 100% goals to game ratio in 2016 and a song in his honour going viral worldwide, the Northern Ireland international couldn’t have wished for his 2015-16 season to have gone much better.
After signing from Brentford on a three-year-deal, Grigg’s early life at the DW Stadium saw his form filled with inconsistency with both international duty and injury limited his opportunities to get a good run in the side.
By Christmas, Grigg had eight goals in 21 appearances in all competitions – a stat that makes his 28 goals in 43 appearances by the end of the season even more remarkable as he stormed to the League One Golden Boot award with 25 league goals.
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Born 3 July 1991 in Solihull, Grigg progressed through Academy teams at Birmingham City from the age of 7, but broke into professional football 24 miles away in Walsall after signing for the Saddlers in the summer of 2008.
In just his fourth start for Walsall, Grigg scored his first professional goal in a 2-2 draw against Bristol Rovers on 27 November 2010.
Grigg scored eight goals across 2010/11 and 2011/12, before a stand out season in 2012/13 saw him score 20 in 41 games, including his first career hat-trick against Carlisle United in February 2013.
Ahead of the 2013/14 season Grigg signed for Brentford, scoring his first two goals in just his second match for the Bees in a 3-1 win against Sheffield United.
For further first team football away from Griffin Park, Grigg joined MK Dons in 2014/15, scoring 20 goals in just 31 starts, helping his side to promotion into the Sky Bet Championship.
The striker scored twice in MK Dons' famous 4-0 victory against Manchester United in last season's Capital One Cup clash at Stadium MK.
Grigg has 10 caps for Northern Ireland, making his debut in June 2012 against Netherlands. He is also capped for the Under 19s and Under 21s. He scored his first international goal on Friday 27 May in a 3-0 victory over Belarus at Windsor Park, before being selected for Northern Ireland's UEFA Euro 2016 squad, by former Latics midfielder Michael O'Neill.