Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Giles Coke has told The Star he remains hopeful on-loan striker Matty Fryatt will extend his stay with the Championship outfit.
In two starts and one substitute appearance since arriving at Hillsborough initially on a one-month emergency loan deal from Hull City, Fryatt has struck one goal as he continues to build up his match fitness.
Fryatt’s strike at Brighton and Hove Albion just before the two-week international break ended his 18-month goal drought. He missed the majority of last season because of an Achilles problem.
The 27-year-old, in the final year of his contract at the KC Stadium, is set to return to Hull after the Owls away double-header with Bolton Wanderers and Barnsley.
Coke admits he “would love” Fryatt to prolong his stay with the Owls, who are currently 22nd in the standings and still searching for their first win this season.
“Matty has done well and all the boys have really taken to him,” said Coke. “He is a proven goalscorer. It is only going to help the team having someone of his calibre here.
“We are really glad that we have got him and hopefully we can start providing more chances for him.
“We would love to have him here longer but it’s not down to me. It is down to the gaffer so we will wait and see what happens.”
Wednesday beat off strong competition from neighbours Barnsley and Birmingham City to land Fryatt, who is expected to spearhead their forward line when they head to 20th-placed Bolton this weekend.
Coke said: “We know we haven’t started the season very well but there are still 30-odd games to play. A lot of things can change between now and May.
“We have brought in a lot of new players recently. The team is different so it is going to take time for us to gel.”
He is urging the club’s fans to keep getting behind the side.
“We need them to stick with us and to be our 12th man,” he said.
“They make a difference when they cheer us on. Their support really does boost us and gives the team that extra one per cent.”