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Grigg eager to leave France woe in past and give the fans reason to roar

By Graham Luney

Will Grigg was able to account for his whereabouts early yesterday evening when two cars burst into flames at the Culloden Hotel.

Supporters were relieved to know the striker wasn't on fire following the unfortunate incident at Northern Ireland's team base but hopefully it's not a sign that World Cup hopes are about to go up in smoke. Wigan hotshot Grigg wants the sparks to fly on the pitch and he's certainly got a burning desire to deliver in this campaign after being starved of game-time at the Euro 2016 finals.

His one goal against Belarus in May this year is now a fading memory but a few big strikes along the road to Russia 2018 would have him smiling again.

The 25-year-old has been unable to feature in this campaign for personal reasons but now he's hungry to make a big impact.

The 'Will Grigg's On Fire' chant will once again reverberate around Windsor Park tomorrow night during the crucial Group C showdown with Azerbaijan and the former Walsall and Brentford ace wants to give the Green and White Army something to shout about.

"Definitely, there's an opportunity for me to impress," he said.

"Every time you're in the squad there's chances. It's up to me to prove myself in the short time in training.

"If I get my chance I'm confident. It's great to be back, the boys have welcomed me back nicely. If we win on Friday it puts a spanner in the works for everyone else and looks really rosy for us. We'll be doing everything we can to get that win but at the moment the table's looking okay.

"It was nice to get on and score a goal and win against Belarus - that was a great moment for me but it seems a long time ago, that's not necessarily what I want my last memory at Windsor Park to be."

After enduring the frustration of not featuring on the big stage in France, Grigg would like to move on and write new positive chapters for himself but for now he still bears the scars of a painful summer.

"I went to France as a footballer, not as anything else, so not to play a minute was tough, it was really disappointing and it was a tough time," he added.

"I went there as part of the squad and you're not guaranteed to play and that's what happened. It's one of those things, you have to get back quickly and there were probably a few question marks over whether I'd come back flying again and I certainly did that. It wasn't a case of me going back sulking or anything like that."

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