DANNY Batth looks back on his and the Owls’ season as “something special.”
When he first joined the club they were having an undistinguished time in League One and just starting out on the rebuilding job under Gary Megson.
Now, as well as making an important contribution towards promotion, he has played a full season of league football for the first time.
It is a big addition to the CV of a centre half who is only 21 and has been tipped for a bright future.
“It’s great to have been part of it all,” he told The Star.
“When I got here we were in mid-table and looking over our shoulders. Now we have more than turned it around.
“It’s been something special, and the fans can enjoy Championship football sext season.”
Whether he will be playing at this level for Wednesday or Wolves has yet to be determined.
“It’s all up in the air at Wolves,” he says. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. It a matter of recharging the batteries over the summer and seeing where we go from there.”
Mick McCarthy was the manager who sanctioned his loan moves to Hillsborough last season and this.
McCarthy regarded him as a prospect who would benefit from experience with a big club in League One while he was considered not yet ready for a place in the Molineux outfit’s Premier League side.
But McCarthy has been sacked, Terry Connor was appointed for the rest of the season, amid uncertainty about who will be boss next season, and Wolves’s relegation means they will be in the same division as Wednesday in 2012-13. No wonder Batth, who was born in the Midlands, is unsure where his future lies, though he has enjoyed his time at Hillsborough.
“Everybody can see the team spirit we’ve had,” says the defender. “I’ve made friends here and made connections with the fans.
“Next season it will be a matter of the lads coming back and applying the same effort and desire, and there’s nothing to prevent the lads doing the same next year.
“Look what Norwich and Southampton have done: it’s gives you something to aim for.”
Batth also believes that his two loan spells with Wednesday have helped to improve his game.
“The feedback I’ve got from players and fans has been positive,” he said.
His only previous run of games was in a loan spell at Colchester during the 2009-10 season; he also made one appearance as a sub during a month on loan at Bramall Lane the following season.
“It’s a matter of keeping my feet on the ground and keeping up an improvement,” he added.
Team-mate Rob Jones has described Batth as having what it takes to develop into a top centre half.