Sheffield Wednesday: Manchester United striker Will Keane on potential return to Hillsborough

Will Keane admits he is open to a return to Wednesday in the future
Will Keane admits he is open to a return to Wednesday in the future
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Chatting to Will Keane, he gives the impression he has unfinished business with Sheffield Wednesday.

And that business stretches beyond the final game of the season at Watford this weekend.

The 22-year-old arrived at Hillsborough in January on loan from Manchester United as Stuart Gray looked to solve the problem of a chronic lack of goals for the Owls.

With three goals scored during his spell, Keane ultimately did not prove to be the definitive answer to the issue.

But the fact an ankle injury robbed him of more than a month of action until last weekend - and arguably at a time when he was finding his stride - leaves the striker feeling as though he has more to show Wednesdayites.

Two years remain on his contract at Old Trafford. Some will see that as an opportunity for him to rejoin the Owls next season.

And that is a potential move Keane insists he would embrace.

“I think there is a chance of me coming back,” he said.

“I’ve still got to go back to United, I’ve still got a few years left there on my contract.

“I need to go back, reassess it and speak to them to see if I’ll be getting an opportunity.

“That was my aim when I signed my contract there. If that doesn’t work out I’ll have to assess my situations and consider my options.

“I’d like to think this would be one of them.

“If the right thing was to come about a loan would be good. But it doesn’t make much difference to me.

“I just want to be playing football and enjoying it which I have certainly done here.

“If that opportunity came about and if it was something I’d go for, I know for a fact I’d enjoy it and it’d be a good decision.

“It’s been mentioned a little bit but there’s quite a lot of uncertainty here.

“A lot of the players have their contracts up, a lot of lads don’t really know what they’re doing yet.

“There’s a lot of changes higher up in the club. I’m only on loan so I’ll have to just see during the summer what happens.”

Keane certainly sees himself having unfinished business with parent club Manchester United.

Rewarded with a three-year deal last summer at the age of 21, there was a belief the Stockport-born forward would have a chance to break onto the first team scene at Old Trafford.

But his senior United experience so far extends to one substitute appearance.

Keane will return to Old Trafford on Monday with the Red Devils still having three weeks of their season remaining.

And he is keen to make an impression on his return

He said: “From a personal perspective, I want to go there and be around the squad and if I got an opportunity it’d be great for me.

“Maybe it’ll be a case of me having a bit of luck with injuries or if I train well I might get the nod.

“Maybe if I just have a few games with the U21s, just to get some minutes back in my legs after missing the last month.”

Before signing off from his current duty with the Owls, Keane hopes to play some part against promoted Watford on Saturday.

He came off the bench in last weekend’s defeat to Leeds United for his first appearance since suffering an ankle injury.

And he says he was delighted to return before the end of the season.

“I didn’t want to see my loan spell out on that note,” he said. “I wanted to finish it in the right way.

“I’m eager to get back and help the team get a positive result in the final game.

“It’s been really frustration because the first nine or ten games I felt like I got into it

“I was doing well and I was looking forward to the second half of the loan spell so it was disappointing to get injured.

“But I wanted to push myself to get back fit for the last few games and finish the season on a high here. Hopefully I can do that.

“I think as a whole the move has been positive. I got plenty of minutes on the pitch when I was fit which was good.

“I think I had a role to play within the team and contributed.

“There’s been plenty of ups and downs and I’m sure I’ll learn from it.

“Overall it’s been a good experience.

“The main aim was to get minutes on the pitch. I managed to do that.

“I think I started every game I was available for before the injury and I wanted to be putting in good performances which I felt like the majority of time I was doing.

“It’s been positive.”

But is there more to come?