GILES Coke is playing for his future after his surprise return to the Wednesday side.
The midfield player admits that he was shocked to be told he was playing against second-placed Hull - his first league appearance for the Owls in 21 months.
But the 26-year-old faces an uncertain time as his contract runs out in the summer.
He hopes for more games and is confident that Wednesday can climb the table, spurred by their superb 3-1 win at the KC Stadium.
“Who knows?” he said when asked about his future. “You can be really low one day, and really high another. I’m going to enjoy this; I’m going to work hard like I always do; hopefully I’ll play more games.”
He spent most of last season on loan at Bury and was due to spend the first half of this season on loan at Swindon but returned in October because of a foot injury.
“I found out on Friday I was playing,” he added. “I was shocked because I’ve only been back (fit) 10 days; I’ve been injured for four months. I’m buzzing, really happy.”
Coke says that he refused to let his absence get him down: “It’s been so frustrating for the last 18 months. I’ve kept going; not shown any bad attitude and have kept working hard.
“I’ve been on loan twice; you feel like you’re not wanted. But I believe in my ability. I’m quite a level headed and confident person.
“You could say I’m playing for my future, but I’m just happy to have got a chance.”
Coke was praised by manager Dave Jones for his part in Saturday’s victory and had a goal controversially disallowed: “I was celebrating like it was the first goal I’d scored in my life! At first I thought it was offside. When I saw it back afterwards I couldn’t believe he (the ref) thought it was a high boot. I was gutted.”
He is optimistic about the club’s chances: “We have to believe in ourselves and push on. We have enough in the dressing room. We have a good manager and we will push up the table.”