Sheffield Wednesday: Strike ace thanks Owls

Owls loanee Steve Howard.
Owls loanee Steve Howard.

Veteran striker Steve Howard has admitted he has fallen in love again with football after helping Sheffield Wednesday retain their Championship status.

The powerful forward, on loan from Hartlepool United, bagged the opener in the Owls 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough on the final day of the 2012/13 season. It was the 36-year-old’s maiden goal this year and the first time he had hit the back of the net since notching a brace against Sheffield United in late December.

Howard, who has one year remaining on his Pools contract, said: “It’s been a very frustrating season. It obviously didn’t happen at Hartlepool, but it was one of those things.

“I had a chance to come here and try and fall in love with football again. That’s what I’ve done.”

When asked about his long-term situation, Howard replied: “I’ve got a few meetings in the next few weeks so we’ll wait and see.”

Despite his advancing years, Howard is convinced he can ply his trade in the second tier of English football on a regular basis.

“I feel as fit as I’ve ever been, which is bizarre being 36,” he added.

*Twitter: @DomHowson