Sheffield Wednesday: Gary Taylor-Fletcher fired up for another Championship challenge

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New Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher insists he had no qualms about stepping down from the Premier League to the Championship.

The 33-year-old came on as a second half substitute in Saturday’s goalless draw with Norwich City at Hillsborough, having arrived on a month’s loan from Leicester City just hours before the Owls’ latest league assignment.

On his Owls debut, new loan signing Gary Taylor-Fletcher

On his Owls debut, new loan signing Gary Taylor-Fletcher

Taylor-Fletcher, with only two appearances for the Foxes this season, is keen to start playing regularly again.

He told The Star: “I want to play football. This deal was ideal for me and Wednesday. We both really wanted to get it done so I am made up.

“I’ve been trying to get out on loan for a while. Personally, I want to play football and I’ve not had the chance over at Leicester. I’m getting on now. I’m 33 and you want to be playing every game.”

The Liverpool-born player spent three weeks on trial with the Owls last year but the former Huddersfield Town and Blackpool forward, who has scored over 100 league goals in his career, failed to persuade then manager Dave Jones to offer him a permanent contact.

“I could have come here last year; I worked with Stuart Gray when I was on trial in the summer,” he said. “Stuart took a lot of the training then and I enjoyed it and there are still a lot of players who I know so that’s a good thing. That makes it easy to slot in when you know the boys.

“I’ve got a lot of time for Stuart so that was a big factor in my decision. I know he has been pestering Leicester for a while about me.

“I’ve been asking to go out but they have not allowed it. As soon as I knew Wednesday came back in for me, I was knocking on the door again.

“When you are sat in the stands watching, you want to be out playing. This gave me the opportunity to do that.

“I’m pleased to get back on the field. It was good to be involved against Norwich. I’m just glad to get out there, show what I can do and get some football and try and help Sheffield Wednesday climb up the table.”

Taylor-Fletcher said he learned of Wednesday’s interest on Thursday night.

“We tried to do it for Friday morning so I could train with the rest of the team,” he said. “We got it done at 12pm on Friday which wasn’t ideal so I was driving up and down the motorway from Leicester to Liverpool for two and a half hours and then Liverpool to Sheffield.

“But it’s all done and I’m glad to be here for a month.”

Taylor-Fletcher, who has scored in each of the top five divisions in England, admits the opening two months of the 2014/15 campaign has been “frustrating”.

“I felt really good in pre-season and was performing very well,” said Taylor-Fletcher. “I played against Chelsea and in a cup tie versus Shrewsbury.

“I’ve played in a few U21 games too so I’m feeling sharp and ready. It’s up to Stuart how he wants to use me.”

He is contracted to Leicester until the end of the season and is keeping tight-lipped regarding his long-term future.

Taylor-Fletcher said: “That’s totally up to Leicester. I want to play football.

“Leicester are adamant it’s only for a month. If I enjoy it here and go back and I’m not featuring, I will be knocking on the door again. We will take it from there.”

Wednesday number one Keiren Westwood starred as Gray’s men held Norwich to clinch their ninth clean sheet. However, the draw extended their winless run to seven matches in all competitions.

“It was a good game; Westy kept us in the game, making some unbelievable saves,” said Taylor-Fletcher. “We knew it was going to be a tough game. It was a good performance in parts and we battled well.”