NICKY Weaver fears that his dream stay at Sheffield Wednesday may have to end in the January transfer window.
The keeper who is a lifelong Owls fan and fulfilled an ambition by playing for the club does not want to leave but accepts that he may have to do so if he is to regain first-team football.
But the 33-year-old is also keeping an open mind and ready to seize a new Hillsborough opportunity should one arise, after making his comeback this week in an Under 21 game following a wrist injury.
“It was nice to be playing again,” said the man who has been been kept out of the first-team picture by Chris Kirkland and Stephen Bywater, and does not have a squad number.
“January is looming now; we’ll have to wait and see what happens,” he added.
“Kirky has done great and Stephen is backing him up.
“I’ve found myself in this strange situation but you have to deal with it and make the best of it.
“I’ve never wanted to leave Sheffield Wednesday. It’s my team. I’ve never once asked to leave, and never would ask to do. It was a dream move when I came here. But I do understand that sometimes circumstances dictate you have to move on.
“I do really feel I can’t do much else but keep an open mind.
“If any options come on the table, I will assess them all; I won’t be leaving Sheffield Wdnesday to go just anywhere; it would be somewhere that’s right for my football.”
But refusing to rule out staying with Wednesday, he added: “You never know what’s around the corner in football. Sometimes you don’t even know where the corner is.
“You keep yourself ticking over, keep yourself as fit as possible, and sometimes opportunities present themselves when you least expect it. You have to be ready.
“I feel good. I’ve trained for quite a while now. The wrist injury dragged for longer than I would have liked but it was bone bruising, nothing serious.”
Owls boss Dave Jones said in the summer that Weaver was not allocated a squad number because it had looked as if Doncaster would be signing him.
A move failed to materialise, however. With Kirkland having been brought in and become No 1, and Bywater having stayed on a new contract, there was no opportunity for Weaver.
Wednesday also have Arron Jameson on the books, and when he and Weaver were out injured, the club brought in Adam Davies, who remains on a short-term deal.
The Owls play one of Weaver’s former clubs, Charlton, on Saturday. He says: “Things didn’t go great when I was there but I’ve got some great memories of my time there, and I’m pleased that they’re doing well and Chris Powell [manager] is doing well.”