Sheffield Wednesday: Owls hero wants to stay

Steve Howard celebrates his goal
Steve Howard celebrates his goal
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Steve Howard believes that he has proved he can still be a force in the Championship - as he looks forward to possibly staying at Hillsborough.

The on-loan striker from Hartlepool helped to ensure the Owls’ safety by scoring his first goal for them in the 2-0 victory against Middlesbrough.

He has a year left on his Pools contract but says that meetings within the next few weeks will determine his future.

Howard says that he feels as fit as ever though he is 36, and has enjoyed his time with Wednesday.

“When I spoke to Dave Jones and Paul Wilkinson (assistant manager) they both said come here and just do a job and help the team. That’s what I think I’ve done.

“I wanted to get the job done then see where we are, then we’ll take it from there. Dave was as good as gold about that, he said ‘fair enough.’ I’ve got a few meetings in the next few weeks, so we’ll wait and see.”

He said of his superb strike on Saturday: “The ball sort of a took a bobble, it came on to my left foot and I thought I’d just hit it as hard as I can. And it flew in.

“It was nice to get my first goal for the club. It was a big day – and especially to score in front of the Kop. That was fantastic.

“I thought we had a good first half. I thought we played really well and did a job. We got into a position where we needed to be.

“In the second half we soaked up a lot of possession, but I didn’t think we were in danger of losing the game.

“I can’t believe this club is in the bottom half of the Championship to be honest. I can’t believe it’s not pushing for the Premier League.

“The support out there was amazing. It was one of the best atmosphere’s I’ve ever played in, in the first half.”