Sheffield Wednesday: Owls hopeful of new Connor deal

Owls Connor Wickham celebrates his equalising goal at Charlton
Owls Connor Wickham celebrates his equalising goal at Charlton
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Stuart Gray has raised hopes that the Owls will be able to extend Connor Wickham’s loan.

The home game against Blackpool on New Year’s Day will be the last in the current loan spell for the striker who netted his sixth goal for the club in the 1-1 draw at Charlton.

Caretaker boss Gray says that so far Sunderland have been happy for him to stay, and the player favours regular football with Wednesday if he is not going to get a game with the Black Cats.

The Owls are also trying to extend Roger Johnson’s loan from Wolves and Glenn Loovens’ short-term contract, which expired after the Valley game.

But Seyi Olofinjana has left the club, after his deal ended on Boxing Day, with Wednesday deciding that money spent on him could be better used elsewhere, said Gray.

The caretaker manager said: “With the confidence he has at the minute, Connor thinks he can score in every game, which is a great feeling for a striker.

“As a focal point up there on his own, I thought he did very well.”

Gray said he hopes Wickham stays: “Sunderland are happy for him to stay with us; they’re happy for him to play.

“The only problem is when they’re not your players you’re only a phone call away.

“I’m sure Gus [Poyet, Sunderland manager] will probably pick the paper up and see goalscorer Wickham again - he scored from an inch, I think it was.

“I had to look to the linseman thinking he might have flashed his flag up for offside.”

Gray suggested that talks with Sunderland - being conducted by Owls vice-chairman Paul Aldridge - have gone well: “That was always the outcome; when we took Connor, we’d always be in dialogue with them.

“The most pleasing thing is it [the loan] benefits Sunderland, us and Connor.”