Seeing Liam Palmer and Caolan Lavery establish themselves at first-team level over the last 12 months gives Paul Corry plenty of reason to believe his time to shine will come.
Palmer and Lavery made big impacts as Sheffield Wednesday comfortably retained their Championship status and Corry has set his sights on emulating the duo.
Palmer, the reigning Player of the Year, and Lavery benefited from loan spells away from Hillsborough. Corry, brought in from the University College Dublin side in August 2012, admits his lack of game time has been “massively frustrating” and says he would be open to leaving the Owls on a temporary basis.
“Maybe this season I might have to go out on loan, to get a few games,” said Corry, who was loaned out to Tranmere Rovers to aid his development during the 2012/13 campaign.
“My CV is mainly based over in Ireland. I haven’t played 50 to 60 games over here that I probably need to do.
“If that means going out on loan, I will go out on loan, and try build my CV because I want to be playing first-team games, not reserve-team football. I want to progress and do the best that I can do. While I am here I will just have to keep pushing.”
The midfielder, whose Owls contract expires next summer, added: “All it takes is a few games back-to-back and to go out (on loan) and do well, score a few goals like Caolan did, and come back full of confidence and kick on from there.
“You just never know in football. People get injured, which opens up opportunities for other people, and you just have to be on your toes all the time and be patient.”
Winning breeds confidence and Wednesday go into today’s fixture with Derby County searching for a third straight victory.
Corry said: “There is a buzz at Hillsborough after the first two games. It’s early days but we want to keep that momentum going. I think everything we have done in the two games has been hugely positive.
“The work which the gaffer did last season has carried into this year. The bulk of the team has been together for a year now so there’s a bond and togetherness. Maybe an understanding on how to play to our strengths and nullify our weaknesses. A combination of all that has set us up really nicely.
“We had a lot of loan players last season. It takes a while to gel when you get new faces in, but we have had the same core of players. We have only brought in three or four new faces, who have come in early and blended in.”
The 23-year-old is refusing to underestimate the threat Derby, beaten in last year’s Play-Off Final, will pose to Stuart Gray’s side.
“Derby play good football and it was the same with (Nigel) Clough,” he said. “I saw them a few times when Clough was there and things haven’t really changed.
“They play very good football, move the ball quite quickly, but not too dis-similar to what we have been doing in our first few games.
“When we played Derby last season we were hugely unlucky, just losing out to that Patrick Bamford freak goal. Apart from that, I think we bossed the game.
“It’s good to see teams getting the ball down and playing football - they were unlucky not to be promoted last season - but I think we are more than capable of matching them.
One of the players Wednesday must keep firmly in check to prevail against Derby is Jeff Hendrick. The midfielder has registered two goals in as many outings for the Rams.
Corry said: “I went away on trial with Jeff when I was younger. He is Irish, and played the year below me in Dublin and, as you can imagine, it’s quite a close-knit community.
“We also spent a week together on trial at Nottingham Forest and his game has progressed massively since then. He is done really well at Derby.
“I watched the game the other night when they played at Carlisle. Will Hughes was sitting, and Jeff had the licence to bomb on, make runs into the box and that’s how he got his two goals. When you are scoring goals I guess that’s when people are going to start noticing you.”
Derby are set to field highly-rated trio Hendrick, Will Hughes and Craig Bryson this afternoon.
Corry said: “You have to be patient playing them, know the right moment to press them. There’s no point in pressing in ones and twos, they will just pick you off. They will find gaps and expose you.
“Maybe when they have good possession, sit back, keep your shape, like we did against Brighton. As long as the ball is in front go you and they are not going anywhere, they can’t hurt you. It’s all about patience.”