Sheffield Wednesday: Spence wants Hillsborough joy

Jordan Spence on the ball at Middlesbrough
Jordan Spence on the ball at Middlesbrough

Jordan Spence has not forgotten the last time he played at Hillsborough: his team were thrashed 4-0.

But the on-loan right back has made strides since then and is looking to smooth away that unhappy memory by helping Wednesday to succeed in the stadium.

Spence was only 19 and on loan at Scunthorpe when the Iron were flattened 4-0 by the Owls in a Championship match in August, 2009.

His first chance to impress the Hillsborough crowd when in an Owls shirt could be a week on Saturday when Yeovil come to Town.

The Londoner said: “I’ve had the privilege of playing for West Ham, but I’ve played at Hillsborough - for Scunthorpe, and was on the end of a drumming!”

He was impressed by “awesome” backing that Owls fans gave to the team during his debut at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

“It was incredible support. I don’t need to reiterate how big a club it is,” he added. “It is a real privilege to be here.

“Hopefully they’ll stay behind the team and we can do the business on the pitch.

“As I get into training and get to work with the boys, hopefully we can get some good results.

“The better we play, the better the situation for everyone.”

After his spell with Scunthorpe, Spence added to his Championship experience with a temporary switch to Bristol City and rose to the occasional Premier League outing in West Ham’s first team.

Now the 23-year-old’s need for more first-team games is behind his loan move.

He believes that his best position is his preferred one - right back, though when he signed for West Ham’s academy in 2006 he was described as a centre half or midfield player.

Now he says he is “definitely” a right back: “But the gaffer can use me wherever he wants.”

Spence played for England at various age-groups from Under 16 to Under 21.

His first senior club experience came in 2008-09 when he was loaned to Leyton Orient and played 20 League One games for them plus one in the FA Cup.

Then it was on to Scunthorpe, in the autumn of 2009, where he made nine league appearances and two in the League.

After returning to Upton Park that season he made his Premier League debut on the final day of the 2009-10 campaign in a 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

He went on to make a handful of further first-team appearances for West Ham and during two spells with Bristol City he got 21 league games and one League Cup outing.

Spence is keeping an open mind about what happens when his one-month loan deal ends.

He was fairly pleased with his debut but feels that he can do better after normal preparation rather than the late dash from London that preceded his first game.