Sheffield Wednesday: Fringe players have to stay fighting fit

Waiting game: Danny Mayor must take any opportunity given
Waiting game: Danny Mayor must take any opportunity given

DANNY Pugh has given words of encouragement to Sheffield Wednesday’s squad players and says everyone will be needed between now and the end of the season.

The 30-year-old left back has played a crucial role over the last three Owls matches after his arrival on loan from Leeds United at the end of January.

Victory in his first game at Charlton Athletic was followed by a home win against Brighton and then a 2-2 draw with Derby County on Saturday at Hillsborough.

His move from West to South Yorkshire has fulfilled his desire for regular football and he said he knows what it’s like for senior squad players at Wednesday who aren’t regulars in the first team.

Speaking to The Star he said: “I was in the same situation at Leeds so I know what it’s like (not to be playing first team football).

“It’s important that they keep themselves as fit as possible and when they get any opportunities they have to take them.”

Danny Mayor, Paul Corry and Chris Maguire all played a part in the Owls development squad’s 3-1 home defeat against Leicester City on Saturday at Middlewood Road.

Mayor is one of the few Wednesday players that Pugh had played with before signing his loan deal for the rest of the season. The two were both at Preston at the end of 2010.

He said the attraction of playing for the Owls made it an easy decision to leave Elland Road.

“As soon as I heard that Wednesday were interested then I was excited about coming down here,” he said. “I think I’ve come here at a good time with results going well.”

Pugh made only one start in the Championship for Leeds this season but seems part of a settled core of the Wednesday team.

Chris Kirkland, Lewis Buxton, Anthony Gardner, Miguel Llera and Pugh look to be regular names - as least until Reda Johnson returns - as a back five.

Jeremy Helan, David Prutton, Giles Coke and Michail Antonio are likely to take some moving from their midfield berths and the chances are that Connor Wickham will partner Leroy Lita after impressing on his debut up front against Derby.

Pugh said the likes of Mayor, though, should keep alert: “The Championship season is so long that you need everyone. There’s injuries and suspensions so you need a big squad to get through it.”

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