Striker Matty Fryatt has been handed a ‘Premier League audition’ after extending his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday until the end of November.
Fryatt is not a part of Hull City manager Steve Bruce’s immediate top-flight plans, but the KC Stadium boss plans to keep a watchful eye on the 27-year-old’s progress at Hillsborough, under his opposite number Dave Jones.
Fryatt netted twice for the Owls during his initial spell, most recently in last weekend’s 1-1 derby day draw against Barnsley at Oakwell, and agreed earlier this week to spend a further 28 days in South Yorkshire.
Fryatt’s contract at Hull expires at the end of the season, and it is understood that an extension is unlikely to be offered at this present time.
But if Fryatt continues to find the net for Wednesday, Bruce is open to the possibility of fielding him in the Premier League around the busy Christmas period.
“It’s been good [at Wednesday],” Fryatt said.
“I’ve been getting stronger, and it’s been really beneficial. You can’t apply the things you do in training if there’s no game at the end of the week. This has provided me with matches, and that’s what I need.
“I’ve been able to get myself in some goalscoring positions and really enjoyed it.”
A troublesome Achilles problem, which required an operation, limited the former Leicester striker to just five Hull appearances last season, and he added: “I’m not quite at my best.
“Fitness and gameplay takes time to get going again. It’s a long time to miss, a year of football.
“But, bit by bit, I’ll hopefully get there.”
Boosted by the signing of Fryatt, Jones’ charges continue the search for their first win of the season this weekend against promotion-chasing Reading at Hillsborough.
After Yeovil’s 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest last weekend, Wednesday slipped to the bottom of the Championship but Fryatt added: “Reading have a strong squad but we have nothing to fear.
“While I’ve been here, I’ve not seen us outplayed by anyone and we have always been in the games.
“We need to find a level of consistency and, with a little bit of fine-tuning, we will turn those draws into wins.”
Billy Sharp, the ex-Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers striker and one-time Wednesday target, could be fit for Saturday’s game.
On loan from Southampton, Sharp has played just five minutes for the Royals so far before picking up a groin injury.
But the 27-year-old took part in an open training session for Reading supporters at the Madejski Stadium, and should be named in the squad for Hillsborough.
However another ex-Blade, Mikele Leigertwood, is expected to miss out.