JON Otsemobor is bidding to make up for lost time and stake his claim for a part in the Owls’ future.
The right-back is challenging for his first start in three months as the club face Colchester at Hillsborough tomorrow after he played as a sub against Brentford.
He also believes that the team have the character and experience to avoid the drop and start afresh next season.
The 28-year-old had never had a long lay-off in his career until he tore a calf this season. “It’s been very frustrating but my leg is 100 per cent now and I’m delighted with that,” he said.
“I don’t think anybody can believe the situation we’re in.
“I think if we get a couple of goals and one or two wins that will kick us on and get us ready to make a good start next season.
“I think we lack confidence at the moment in games. Maybe it will turn on a goal or a bit of luck.
“I just want to stay injury free and get in as many training sessions and as much game time as I can.
“If I do get the opportunity to play, I want to play well enough so I stake my claim for the future.”
Otsemobor, signed on a two-year contract last summer, hoped for promotion, not a relegation fight.
He twice experienced the latter when he was at Norwich; the first ended in success, but the second ended with the drop.
“Our lads’ character is different from what Norwich was like; there were a lot more loans there; the team was very young. We have a lot of very experienced lads,” he said.
The FA have fined Gary Megson £1,000, the standard punishment, after he admitted improper conduct at Dagenham and Redbridge.