Sheffield Wednesday: Gray keeps eye on Fryatt

Matty Fryatt scores Hull's second goal in their 5-3 FA Cup semi-final win against United
Matty Fryatt scores Hull's second goal in their 5-3 FA Cup semi-final win against United
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Stuart Gray is keeping tabs on Matty Fryatt but knows it may be hard to lure him to Hillsborough.

Owls chairman Milan Mandaric is already on record as saying that the striker will be a summer target.

Fryatt, however, scored for Hull in their FA Cup win against United and will be in their plans for the final against Arsenal.

He has also impressed manager Steve Bruce since returning from his Hillsborough loan and may be offered a new contract. Fryatt has not been a regular for league games but has played an important part in the Tigers’ cup commitments, which could be even greater next season.

If Arsenal finish fourth in the table and qualify for the Champions League then Hull will be in the Europa League even if they do not win the FA Cup.

Gray is a Fryatt admirer and would have liked to keep him on an extended loan after his four-goal stay. He said: “The chairman has worked with him twice now, at Leicester and here. I think Matty enjoyed it here. But at the end of the day he’s Hull City’s player. I don’t know whether Hull are going to offer him a new contract; I would imagine Matty now is hoping to get in the FA Cup final team.

“I think the majority of the loans we brought in have been a reasonable success, and we’re always looking for forwards to score the goals.

“I think Matty’s got the ability to be up around that 20 mark, as long as you’re providing the service and chances for him.” Gray accepts that if Hull do offer a new deal then Wednesday have little chance of competing with top-flight wages and completing a full transfer.

“Matty will have a decision to make,” added Gray. “We’ve looked after every loan player, got them fitter and sharper. It just shows that the loan market helps the parent clubs.

“Matty has probably benefited. Maybe he hasn’t had as many games as he wanted in the league so he’ll probably have one eye on whether he’s going to play regular football.

“I would imagine Steve will probably be looking to strengthen, and if they’re in Europe as well he’ll have to have a big enough squad.”.