Owls’ Batth time

Return home: Danny Batth has been welcomed back by Wolves and attended their awards evening.                          Picture: Steve Ellis
Return home: Danny Batth has been welcomed back by Wolves and attended their awards evening. Picture: Steve Ellis
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday could be keeping an eye on Wolves’ relegation battle with Blackburn on Sunday.

The outcome may well make the future of Danny Batth a little clearer.

Mick McCarthy’s squad plans for next season will be influenced by the issue of what division his team will be playing in.

Batth is believed to be on the Owls’ wanted list but there is likely to be some reluctance on McCarthy’s part to let him go as he is only 20 and signed a new four-year contract earlier this year.

Wednesday’s chances could be lessened if Wolves slip into the Championship.

He may be seen as more of a first-team contender at this level and if other players were to move on then that too could result in a Molineux breakthrough for him.

There are currently four centre halves ahead of him: Jody Craddock, Christophe Berra, Steven Mouyokolo and Michael Mancienne, who is on loan from Chelsea.

If Wolves stay up then they may still want to keep Batth as a good young prospect.

A transfer fee and the player’s wages are potential obstacles for the Owls.

But Gary Megson may still see Batth as a possible for Hillsborough, one way or another.

Maybe Wolves, especially if they remain in the Premier League, would let the defender go out on loan again, to gain further experience after his temporary spells with Colchester and Wednesday.

Whether or not the Owls try to use this avenue could depend on how they fare in the full-transfer market.

Megson has said that in principle he has not ruled out using loans but he did not think they were ideal and they tended to happen late in the summer.

It is believed that he would like to sign Batth and Scunthorpe’s Rob Jones after their loan centre-back partnership served the Owls well. Jones, like Batth, remains under contract.

Batth has been welcomed back to Wolves and was with the rest of the players at the club’s awards evening at Telford International Centre on Wednesday. Winger Matt Jarvis took the Player of the Year award. A home win against fellow strugglers Blackburn would make McCarthy’s men safe; the relegation scrap also includes Birmingham, Blackpool and Wigan.