Owls ace ready to ponder new deal

Hillsborough happiness: Danny Batth has settled in well.      PICTURE: steve ellis
Hillsborough happiness: Danny Batth has settled in well. PICTURE: steve ellis
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DANNY Batth is ready to think about a longer stay at Hillsborough as his half-season loan from Wolves heads towards its end next month.

The 21-year-old centre half prefers to see out his initial period before giving full attention to what may happen next.

But remaining to help the Owls in their promotion campaign seems to be an attractive proposition to him.

“I have settled in well and I get on with all the lads, so it would not be something I rule out,” he said. “It is going to be reviewed in January so there is a while to go yet.

“I’m just going to keep my head down and keep playing well.”

Gary Megson wants to keep the defender, preferably on a full deal, and showed his regard for the Molineux youngster by putting him straight back in the side at Oldham after a one-match ban.

The reliability of the Batth-Rob Jones partnership contributed towards loan centre-half Miguel Llera, who made a sound debut against Leyton Orient, playing no part in Saturday’s 2-0 win.

Llera was borrowed to provide strength in depth in the centre-back department, and Batth says: “If you are going to play at a big club, you’ve got to have competition. It is part and parcel of the job. As long as I focus on myself, I will give myself the best chance of playing.

“Everyone is fighting for places and that just breeds confidence when we are playing. It is always a good thing to have someone looking over your shoulder. It keeps you on your toes for every game and stops you being complacent.”

Wednesday’s match at Scunthorpe, postponed because of the FA Cup third round home tie with West Ham on January 7, will now be played on Tuesday, January 24.