JOE Mattock hopes that a return to one of his former clubs will help kick-start his career at Sheffield Wednesday.
The 22-year-old left back was signed from Premier League side West Brom during the summer by the Owls on a three-year deal but has yet to make his competitive debut for his new club.
However, a visit to Brighton & Hove Albion, where he made 15 appearances last season, tomorrow night may be his chance to show manager Dave Jones his worth.
And the former England Under 21 international says he’d make the most of the opportunity if selected.
He told The Star: “Hopefully I’ll play. I have a good bond with Brighton because I was there last season and was in really good form. I know them inside out but hopefully we can turn them over.
“If I do play then I’ll definitely take the opportunity with both hands. The reason why I’ve not been in is that we’ve been playing well.”
Mattock was an unused substitute during Wednesday’s last match, a 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on September 1.
Daniel Jones had retained his place in the team from the Fulham Capital One Cup victory but with Wednesday again conceding two goals and first choice left back Reda Johnson still an injury doubt, Mattock could get his first start.
“I don’t know if I’ll be playing or not,” he said. “We’ve got three good left backs in the squad and I’ve been working hard to keep my fitness.
“It has been a bit frustrating (not to play). The team has being doing well, so I’ve had to bide my time.”
Many thought that Mattock would return to the Amex Stadium on a permanent deal when he was allowed to leave the Hawthorns, but the Leicester-born player has no regrets in making the move to South Yorkshire instead of the south coast.
He said: “I’m enjoying it; it’s good up here. The people are very friendly in the north and they love a chat. You sometimes don’t get that down in the south.”