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Iacovitti Looking To Continue His Development

13 September 2019

Defender Alex Iacovitti gave his thoughts ahead of the game against Grimsby Town at Boundary Park tomorrow.

Iacovitti joined the club permanently in the summer following a loan spell last season, and he is happy to be back at Boundary Park.

"I'm really enjoying my time back at Boundary Park, I wanted to get the deal done in the summer early doors and it's the only placed that I wanted to come after my experience on loan last season." He said.

“There has been a lot of new players come in, but everybody is gelling together nicely now, and things are starting to come into place.

"It's always helps you when you know a few of the lads, obviously I know Tom (Hamer), Jamie (Stott) and a few others, but it's nice to know a few players already when you come in.

“It makes you feel welcome and and the staff are always nice to me, so it's been good."

Still just 22-years-old, Iacovitti has adapted to life at Latics pretty well having been operated at both centre-back and left-back during his two spells with the club.

The defender believes he has benefitted massively playing alongside senior pros such as Peter Clarke and David Wheater.

"He (Peter Clarke) helped me massively with his experience, he's played so many games and has played at the top level as well so to play alongside someone like that is massive especially for my age as well." He commented.

“I've just turned 22, I'm still young to learn off him and David (Wheater) as well and it's really nice for me to play with them.

“I've picked up little things from them sometimes, the little things are the most important things, maybe it might just be him telling me to drop five yards, but it means so much in football."

Iacovitti admits that playing in the centre of the defence is his more natural position, but he's keen to help out where he can, even if it means playing in the fullback role at times.

"Last season, Peter Clarke and George Edmundson had a really good relationship so I didn't mind playing anywhere last year.

“I just wanted to get a run of games and push to try to get into the play-offs but now it's a case of my playing centre-half and it's my natural position and I know it really well and playing with Wheater helps massively for me.

“He's experienced and played at the top level and I learn new things from him every day."

Iacovitti believes his passion is there to been shown when he takes to the pitch and it is obvious to see.

The defender ran over to the Oldham Athletic supporters after Wheater had headed in the equaliser.

Although it looked comical in the end, Iacovitti says that he felt he needed to go celebrate with the fans after they travelled all that way to Devon.

"All my career I've based my football on passion, I'm a very passionate player and you'll see it if I score or the team scores.

“I looked behind me and nobody was there, so I was celebrating by myself, but they had travelled all that way you've got to give something back.

“The fans have been class especially when things haven't been going so good as well, they've stuck by us, so they deserve to see passion."

The defender aims to play as much football as he can for the club and admits that he loves to put on the shirt every week.

"I want to play as many games as I can and to help Oldham get as high up the league as we can and push for the play-offs.

“I'm really happy to be an Oldham player and I enjoy putting on the shirt every week, they're my main ambitions."

The match against Grimsby has been dedicated to the mental health charity, Mind Charity and Iacovitti believes it’s important to show support for people who are suffering.

"You see a lot of players speak up and talk about their experiences with Mental Health and it's a horrible illness to have, but it's nice to see football getting behind it and raising awareness.

“It means a lot to the players that have suffered it and it's not a nice illness so it's good to get behind them and show everyone what it means to them."


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