Sheffield Wednesday: Lavery misses Cup but learns

Caolan Lavery, right,  in action for Wednesday Under 21s
Caolan Lavery, right, in action for Wednesday Under 21s

Connor Wickham’s loan extension and the return to fitness of Michail Antonio were factors in the Owls’ decision to let Caolan Lavery remain at Plymouth for another month.

Stuart Gray also thinks that further experience in League Two will benefit the striker who has been refused permission to play in the Pilgrims’ FA Cup tie at Port Vale. Wednesday think that Lavery is not yet ready for Championship football but the cup ‘ban’ is insurance in case they need him in the competition in future; they can also recall him at 24 hours’ notice if necessary.

The 21-year-old has scored three goals in four starts for John Sheridan’s side.

Gray says: “Nothing beats playing at 3pm on a Saturday. You can play in the development games but there is not as much pressure on you. He is getting valuable experience. To get that experience, you have to be playing first-team games.

“It is a very important loan spell. I remember when I went out on loan during my Nottingham Forest days, to Bolton. It makes you grow up. You can get comfortable in your own environment.

“Footballers are well and truly spoilt but suddenly you go to another club and you’ve got to fight and scrap for your kit and things like that. It is a great learning curve for him.”

Lavery says: “I actually thought I was going to be called back. A few weeks ago I was up in Sheffield and Stuart Gray mentioned I might be getting called back.

“But I’m playing and scoring and I’m happy to be here for another month.”