Caolan Lavery has been given a fresh incentive for next season.
He now knows that if he keeps up his progress with Wednesday there there is the possibility of a step up the international ladder.
The striker has already broken into the Northern Ireland Under 21 set-up.
But the revelation by Michael O’Neill that he is in the senior boss’s thoughts is a huge compliment to the 21-year-old who can now make a place in Ireland’s European qualifying campaign a target along with his hopes of keeping his Owls spot after his breakthrough season.
Lavery has missed out on away friendlies against Uruguay on May 30 and Chile on June 4. because of his brother’s wedding.
O’Neill has confirmed that the striker would have been in a 23-man squad that will be named on Monday.
He said: “Caolan’s family live in Canada, so the wedding is an important event for them and the family circle – and I can fully understand that.”
Ireland’s European qualifying campaign starts with a match against Hungary in September.
O’Neill added: “Caolan can play up top or on the right wing, so he gives us more options. He will certainly stay on my radar.
“He has made a positive impact at Sheffield Wednesday and recently signed a new contract. So he is obviously doing things right at his club.
“He is a strong athlete who can run in behind defences.
“He has chipped in with a few goals when he has played through the middle, but I’ve also seen him play wide, so he is flexible and versatile.”