KIERAN Lee is targeting a regular starting role at Hillsborough after making his long-awaited Owls debut.
The energetic right-back, signed on a free transfer from Oldham Athletic in the summer, caught the eye in Sheffield Wednesday’s league defeat to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
Lee was one of six changes made by boss Dave Jones as the club crashed to their fourth successive loss in the Championship.
The 24-year-old has waited patiently in the wings to prove his worth, with Jones preferring Lewis Buxton on the right hand side of his back four at the beginning of the 2012/13 season. But now Lee has the shirt and is set to get the nod in the cup tie at Southampton tonight.
“It has been frustrating but I knew as soon as I signed I wouldn’t walk into the team,” he acknowledged. “When you get a chance, you’ve got to take it and hopefully I will get a few more games now. I have to keep doing well to stay in the team.
“I thought I did okay versus Bolton. Obviously, having not played a lot of games, it is hard to pick the pace up straight away. I felt sharper as the game went on. There is still more to come. I feel I can do better than what I did against Bolton.”
Lee, who began his career at Manchester United before moving on to Boundary Park in 2008, is looking to help shore up a defence which has conceded a minimum of two goals in every league match this term.
He said: “We have got to tighten up at the back because we are conceding too many goals. We have to keep working hard and hopefully we will get a lucky break and that will start us off on a good run.
“I don’t think anything has changed. We just need a break here or there. There are a lot of new lads so it takes time to get to know each others games. We need to start picking up points and end this run.”
Lee accepts confidence has dipped but is backing the team to come good.
“When you lose four games in a row, it is inevitable that some things are not going to go into your heads straight away,” he said. “We just need a lucky break.”