Will Grigg hopes viral chant makes its way to France

Northern Ireland's Conor Washington, Will Grigg and Jamie Ward pictured during Tuesday's Media Day
Northern Ireland's Conor Washington, Will Grigg and Jamie Ward pictured during Tuesday's Media Day

Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg cannot escape the suggestion he is on fire at the moment and he hopes the viral chant that has gripped social media will make it across to the Euros with him this summer.

Wigan fan Sean Kennedy’s infectious adaptation of Gala’s 1996 hit ‘Freed from Desire’ has been the musical accompaniment to Latics’ promotion-winning season and Grigg’s golden boot-clinching campaign in Sky Bet League One.

Its popularity has extended far beyond the DW Stadium, though, with Scotland international Leigh Griffiths amongst those hailing the “catchy” nature of a ditty that has already earned Kennedy a season ticket from Wigan chairman David Sharpe for next term.

The Twitter account @WillGriggFire, which posts videos with the chant dubbed over, also has almost 10,000 more followers than Grigg does himself, yet the 24-year-old concedes it is a tune which did inspire his end-of-season purple patch.

“Sean Kennedy, the Wigan fan, did a few songs before that and they caught on around the stadium and training ground, but not quite like this,” he explained.

“When this one came out it was unbelievable. To hear the fans singing it for eight or nine minutes every single game is good and it came at a good time with myself scoring goals. It definitely gave myself an extra little bit and I think the boys in the team clocked on to it and we’ve got some great videos.”

Grigg’s form, where he scored 10 times in Wigan’s final nine fixtures, earned him a recall to Michael O’Neill’s international set-up for this Friday’s home friendly with Belarus and there was a familiar tune greeting him at the squad meet-up in Manchester last week.

“It’s when I’m walking anywhere, even meeting up with the boys here, it’s the first thing they sing,” he added.

“It’s not going to get old for myself so hopefully I can keep going and if it gets going at the Euros that would be something special.”