DARREN Purse is reassuring Tommy Miller, his successor as Wednesday captain, that a contract hitch need not prove to be a major stumbling block in his career.
Miller finds himself in a similar position to that formerly occupied by Purse - with a contract that compels the club to offer him a new deal if he plays a certain number of games.
For Purse, the issue led to Wednesday allowing him to leave for Millwall in January; for Miller, it cost him his place in the side to face Brighton recently, with Gary Megson saying that if the skipper reached the stipulated number of games then the club would have to make a wage offer it could not afford.
A compromise with Miller - who has said he feels in limbo - may yet be reached but, whatever happens, Purse points out that there could be settled times ahead for the current skipper.
“These were contracts that were signed before the new owners came in, and with the way this season has gone, with the club staying in League One, they have have taken the decision because of budgets for next year,” he said.
“I understand the position Tommy is in. Maybe they think they can get two players in, for the money I was on or somebody else is on, I don’t know. Whether that’s the right way to go, I’m not 100 per cent sure. Experienced players can provide that bit extra.
“It worked out well for me. I got a move to a higher division; I did well so was given a new contract. I’m enjoying it and there’s a good chance we’ll get into the Premier League.”
Purse hopes that Miller does not end up in a “rat race” of players looking for work in the summer and that he too will be able to pick a successful move if he and the Owls cannot reach agreement.
Wednesday’s second string side drew 1-1 at home to Port Vale last night. Trialist James Gray registered for the hosts.