Sheffield Wednesday: Mattock bids to earn new deal

Joe Mattock is making an early start in a campaign to earn a new Hillsborough contract.

He has set himself the initial target of holding down the left-back spot for the rest of this season.

Joe Mattock has another year left on his current contract

Joe Mattock has another year left on his current contract

Then he will hope to enjoy a full campaign as a Wednesday first-team regular for the first time.

The defender has had a lean time, with only 23 starts, since Dave Jones signed him in the summer of 2012.

The 23-year-old has been kept largely in the shadows by Reda Johnson, who is injured, and Jeremy Helan but has another year of his contract to run and has been encouraged by his recent seven-match run, his longest since he joined the club.

That was followed by a short absence with a knee injury but he reclaimed his place for the win against Brighton.

“I’ve got another year; it’s about getting more games under my belt, and getting some good results, then looking forward to getting another contract at Sheffield Wednesday, which would be very nice,” he says.

“I had a little run of games not long ago before I had a little injury and it’s good getting back playing.

“It’s been a tough couple of years. I’ve been saying to friends and family I want to see the season out playing all the games.”

He accepts that competition for places is healthy: “It works; we’ve got Reda and we’ve got Jeremy, who was terrific; that pushes me on as well. I’m really looking to keep playing and get some results.”

Mattock’s prospects could be affected if Johnson leaves the club - his contract expires this summer.

Boss Stuart Gray is to miss today’s game against Watford to attend his son’s wedding, leaving coaches Lee Bullen and John Deehan in charge.

The club agreed to this commitment when Gray joined them in December, 2012.