O’Brien tips revival for Wednesday

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JOEY O’Brien is backing the Owls to have a bright future though he faces an uncertain one of his own.

The midfield player who was on loan at Hillsborough looks set to be released by Bolton on Monday and would then be looking for a club.

His second loan spell with Wednesday was cut short by a groin niggle but he is now fit again.

He says that he left the Owls on good terms: “I know Gary [Megson] and his staff. They were a great bunch of lads and I’m really glad to see them safe because next year they should be pushing on to play in the Championship.

“With the ground and the fans the club has, and now the new owner coming in who looks like he’s going to spend a bit of cash, it looks good for the future.”

O’Brien believes that his temporary move to rejoin Megson - who was his boss at Bolton - benefited all parties.

He also said: “I’ve been training now for the last two or three weeks, no problem.

“I needed to go out and get some games [with Wednesday]. The manager [Owen Coyle] told me I wasn’t going to play at all, so I had to go out there and get some time under my belt

“It made sense to go to Wednesday. I’d been there before and had a connection with the club.

“Obviously Gary was my former manager and most of the time I was fit he played me when he was here, so it suited both parties.

“At the time, they were slumping down League One a bit and looking to get a few players in.”

O’Brien, aged 25, is one of five Bolton players whose contracts run out this summer. He has fought back after recovering from career-threatening knee trouble and being out for more than two years.

If, as expected, he is released then he will consider his options but it is not known whether he is on Megson’s list of targets.