RICHARD Hinds could go from being a loyal Owl to a legal eagle - but not just yet.
The released Wednesday defender has made it quite clear that his Open University first-class honours degree in law does not mean he will hang up his boots in the near future.
The 30-year-old defender may not even end up in the legal profession. “The degree is a general one and hopefully can set me up in the future; it could help me get into law, business, anything,” he said.
“But football is my priority and I want to carry on playing. I did the degree work in my spare time and it didn’t interfere with my football. It was hard work, as well. I’m proud of myself for having done it.
“The PFA help you to take opportunities like this and you’d be stupid not take advantage of that.”
Hinds is currently more concerned with hooking up with another club after his Hillsborough exit.
Injury problems are behind him, and he can look back fondly at his four years with the Owls after being signed by Brian Laws, though he featured in the team rarely under Alan Irvine and Gary Megson.
“I’ve had a good spell in my career with Wednesday. A couple of bad injuries [a broken leg and a heel problem] set me back but I feel great now and I’m fit to take on a new challenge,” he said.
“I was 100 per cent per cent fit at the start of the season under Alan Irvine, but he didn’t really give me a chance to play.
“Then Gary Megson came in; he did give me a chance. I thought I did really well and I was pleased with myself. But circumstances at the club meant that things couldn’t happen more; it was out of my hands.
“It’s disappointing to be leaving, but it’s time to move on.”
Hinds had a brief spell at right-back under Megson, before Jon Otsemobor was fit. His ability to play at full-back or centre-half could be one of the reasons why he is finding himself in demand.
He moved to Hillsborough from Scunthorpe under freedom of contract and had an earlier spell with Hull.