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Michail Antonio determined to come back stronger

30 May 2014

Michail Antonio has vowed to come back stronger in 2014/15.

The Owls forward had a frustrating campaign on a personal note last term but the winger is aiming to use those frustrations to spur him on for the coming season.

Despite original assessments ruling Antonio out for the remainder of the campaign back in February, the ex-Reading man made a speedy recovery and featured in the Owls’ final seven games and scored on his return against Leicester.

Following the summer break, Antonio is determined to come back stronger and his preparations on that front have already begun.

He told “It was a long season so it’s good to have the summer to recover and make sure you’re right for the next season but as a footballer, you can’t help but miss playing games.

“I want to start next season flying. The frustration I had with my injuries last season is motivating me to come back even stronger.

“I’m working on my fitness and on my muscles to make sure I’m in the best possible shape I can be when we come back and it all starts again.”

The 24-year-old top-scored for the Owls during the 2012/13 season – the Owls' first campaign back in the Championship – and added a further four goals last term.

One aim for the popular Owls star is to regain his crown as the leading marksmen in 2014/15.

He added: “Of course I want that crown back. I believe in my ability to score goals and they are a big part of my game.

“But more importantly, we need to build as a team and compete higher up the table. We improved from our first season back in the Championship and finished comfortably clear of relegation.

“But now we need to look up. If we can start well and build some momentum, then who knows what can happen.”

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