Sheffield Wednesday: Coke wants more goals

Giles Coke knocks the ball towards the Hull net but the goal was disallowed
Giles Coke knocks the ball towards the Hull net but the goal was disallowed

Giles Coke is ready to accept a challenge from Dave Jones.

The Wednesday manager believes that Coke is capable of scoring more goals.

The midfield player agrees - and feels that his recovery from a foot problem will aid his cause.

His injury niggled him continually while he was playing a part in the team’s revival last season.

Coke has revealed that the soreness did hamper his capacity to make forward runs.

But he will be looking to get forward more often in future and add to his tally of five goals for the club.

He told The Star: “When I was on loan at Bury (in 2011-12), I got six goals in 28 games. I do score. I was playing a bit differently for us, though, in more of a holding role, and with my foot causing me a problem, it was hard for me to get forward and and get back

“The foot is ok now. Rest was all it needed. You’ll definitely see me coming forward more; I like to get forward as much as possible.”

He is not taking a place in the starting line-up for granted, of course, even though he has signed a new two-year contract.

The 27-year-old knows that he must earn a spot in the side and repeat the sort of form that made him a preferred choice in the second half of the season, though the foot niggle cost him some game time towards the end.

He finished without a goal in 16 starts for the Owls last season but saw one wrongly disallowed during his comeback in the 3-1 win at Hull, for an alleged “foot up” against the goalkeeper. Television replays confirmed it was a bad decision.

His last goal for the club was in a 4-2 home defeat by Plymouth in March, 2011.

Dave Jones said: “Giles is a talented player who deserves a lot of credit for what he did for us after he came back to the club from his loan spell at Swindon last season. He could score more, and I’m told he is capable of it. That could be the next step in his career - getting more goals.”

Owls coach Stuart Gray, who is credited by Coke with contributing to his Hillsborough revival, knows about his capabilities.

The midfielder notched seven goals for Northampton after Gray, then Cobblers manager, bought him for a tribunal-fixed fee of £70,000 from Mansfield in 2007.