Sheffield Wednesday: Lavery still has a Wednesday future despite loan switch

Owls striker Caolan Lavery
Owls striker Caolan Lavery
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Owls boss Stuart Gray has explained his decision to allow striker Caolan Lavery to join Chesterfield on loan.

Lavery, a former Northern Ireland Under-21 international, will stay at the Proact Stadium until March 7, having found first-team football hard to come by with Wednesday.

Since recovering from a serious knee injury he sustained in a pre-season friendly against Doncaster Rovers, Lavery has made just five substitute appearances for Gray’s side during the 2014/15 season.

The 22-year-old, who has also represented Canada at youth level, is in contention to make his Spireites debut against Notts County this weekend.

Gray told The Star: “Lavs is still part of my plans. He’s missed so much of the season with his knee injury so we just wanted him to go out and get that match sharpness.

“You can take a lot of confidence from playing Under-21 games and getting 90 minutes under your belt but it’s not the right intensity.

“Lavs has worked hard to get back and he will now get some game time at Chestefield. It is a great opportunity for him to show what he can do.”

Gray also agreed to let Mani Dieseruvwe join the Spireites on a permanent basis on transfer deadline day. The 19-year-old has only featured once since moving on loan last month, coming on as a second-half substitute against promotion-chasing Swindon Town but the striker has impressed enough during his stay to earn a full-time contract.

Gray conceded: “Mani has not progressed and developed as quickly as what I was hoping.

“These things happen in football. Sometimes you have to take a step backwards to come forwards.

“He’s not got as much game time as he wanted at Chesterfield but they have seen enough in him to offer him an 18-month contract which I wasn’t going to do.”

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