CHRIS Maguire is hoping that his time will come at last as he bids to aid the Owls’ Championship survival fight.
The striker is still waiting for his first league start for the club though he was bought from Derby for £200,000 last summer.
Michail Antonio’s injury has opened up a gap in the club’s forward ranks and Maguire is aiming for the sort of renaissance enjoyed by midfield players Giles Coke and David Prutton.
“It’s unfortunate for Michail, but that’s football,” said the striker.
“It’s a chance not just for me but for other people to push for a starting place.
“I’ve been working hard in training and I’m hoping I get that breakthrough.”
Maguire replaced Antonio near the end of the game against Cardiff after the Owls’ top scorer was carried off with a groin injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season.
“It’s been a long season for me,” admits Maguire. “It’s been a strain. I didn’t expect to go this long and not play in the league. I’ve only made two league appearances and they’ve both come off the bench.
“It’s tough but you have to keep going. As the weeks go on and you’re not involved, you start to think it’s not going to happen.
“It does get to you; you can’t let it get to you too much. You never know when you might get an opportunity.
“Hopefully I’ll get a run of games. I think a lot of people would like to see what I can do; I’m enthusiastic about showing people what I can do.
“I’ve been waiting all season to get games; there are nine left. As much as it’s been disappointing for me, it could end well. That would put me in good stead to kick on next season.”
Manager Dave Jones is scanning the loan market after Michail Antonio was ruled out but he has also challenged his forwards to stake their claims for places.
Maguire has been frustrated by his long wait for a chance in the league side.
“Sometimes that’s the way football is,” he said. “I was brought in and I was expecting to get a chance of games. It’s unfortunate; it’s not happened.
“But hopefully my time will come and I will get as much game time as possible in the next bunch of games.”
The Owls Under 21s are due to play Leeds at Hillsborough today, kick-off 1pm, weather permitting, and were aware of the forecast for snow. They won 2-1 at Wigan on Monday.