Paul Corry’s injury problems have been a setback for a young player who has been rated by Dave Jones as a Wednesday player of the future.
The Owls boss had high hopes of the Irishman when he was plucked from the University College of Dublin side last year to become a professional at Hillsborough.
Corry made eight league and cup starts for the Owls and was loaned out to Tranmere for a month so that league experience at a lower level could aid his development, until he was fully ready for the Hillsborough first team.
Jones believed that this season could be a big one for him, even if the time was not quite right for him to be plunged into the team from the start. But it was in September that, while playing for the Under 21s against Huddersfield, he picked up an ankle injury that kept him out for six weeks, followed by a knee ligament strain that meant a further two-week lay-off.
His outing for a young side in Thursday’s friendly against Hull at Middlewood, a 3-2 win, was the second match of his comeback: he also played in last week’s 3-3 Hillsborough draw with Crewe.
“It was frustrating, two months of not being involved, not training or getting anywhere near the first team,” he admits.
“I’ve got myself back in the last two weeks; I feel a lot better about myself and am just regaining my fitness. It’s very hard to replicate match fitness in training.
“I feel good. I feel as if my touch and awareness are coming back, and I think that’s important for your confidence. Football is all about confidence. All I can do is to keep performing in the games like the ones I’ve just had, and keep working.
“I’d only had two training sessions before the game against Crewe.
“It’s all about small steps to get to the long-term goal.” His ambition is of course to hold down a place in the first team:
“This is my second year; I know the club now, whereas last year it was a big transition, coming from part-time football.
“I was looking to push on this season; it’s been frustrating in terms of injuries and opportunities. You can feel sorry for yourself as much as you want, but you just have to keep working hard, and when the opportunity arises, take advantage of it.
“I feel stronger and fitter now than I did this time last year, so I feel like I’m in a good place.”