Sheffield Wednesday: Paul seeks to impress Owls boss

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Paul Corry is determined to prove to Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray he is worthy of a place in the Championship club’s packed midfield.

The Irishman, plucked from the University College of Dublin side by ex-Owls boss Dave Jones nearly two years ago, is set to be named on the substitutes bench for today’s match with Derby County.

Sam Hutchinson, Jose Semedo, Kieran Lee and Giles Coke are ahead of Corry in the pecking order for a midfield spot but the 23-year-old wants to be part of Gray’s long-term plans.

Corry told The Star: “It’s hard at the moment. You can’t be really knocking on the gaffer’s door asking to play when we have just beaten Brighton away and thumped Notts County.

“I just have to be patient and prove to the gaffer in training and the reserve games that I am good enough to play.

“I have a lot of confidence in my own ability and I think I am capable of playing at this level so when I got an opportunity I need to show that.”

Corry has spoken to Gray regarding his future. “He is looking for the likes of myself and Rhys McCabe to improve our work off the ball,” he said.

Corry has spoken to Gray regarding his future at Hillsborough.

“I have spoken to the gaffer and he is looking for the likes of myself and Rhys McCabe to work on our work off the ball in terms of winning the ball back,” he said. “It’s a part of my game which I need to improve on.”

The central midfielder has featured just two times in 2014, coming off the bench against Bolton Wanderers last April and again in Tuesday’s success over Notts County in the Capital One Cup.

Corry said: “I came over to England to play first-team football so when you are not in and around the team, it’s sometimes downheartening. You lose a bit of confidence in yourself. I guess that was maybe the case last season when I wasn’t really featuring much.”

He employed a personal trainer to keep him ticking over in the summer.

“When I went home, I went to a personal trainer, got myself well geared to coming back this season,” he said. “During the season, it’s hard (to use a personal trainer) because of games and training all the time.

“But when I went back after last season, I just went straight to using a personal trainer. I was in there three times a week. It was just an opportunity to add a bit of bulk to your system and maybe work a bit harder in the gym because you have that extra time with no training the next day.

“I think it’s benefitted me and made me stronger physically, and I feel stronger in training so maybe it’s something I will keep doing over here during the season. I feel I have done well, played a few reserves games this pre-season too, and am just building on that.”