Sheffield Wednesday: What next for Owls’ ‘forgotten’ duo?

Giles Coke made an impact when finally receiving the call from Sheffield Wednesday midway through last season after being on the sidelines
Giles Coke made an impact when finally receiving the call from Sheffield Wednesday midway through last season after being on the sidelines
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Footballing fortunes certainly change drastically at times and two players at Sheffield Wednesday will definitely vouch for that.

Midfielders Giles Coke and David Prutton didn’t seem part of the manager’s future plans at the start of last season.

They looked to be on the way out - and, indeed, went out on loan - only to return to resurrect their Hillsborough careers. Now decisions are awaited from the out-of-contract pair to see if they will be staying on even longer at the club where there looked no future.

Prutton was packed off on loan to League One Scunthorpe last August. Four unused sub appearances for the Owls suggested he wouldn’t figure in Dave Jones’ thoughts too much.

At least Coke got a game in the season’s early days. A couple of Capital One Cup ties and he helped the Owls win both.

But he wasn’t pencilled - let alone inked - in for a Championship berth. He followed Prutton into League One when loaned to Swindon albeit it for just a month.

In fact, Coke had spent the second half of the previous season on loan at Bury and never actually kicked a ball (other than cup ties) as Wednesday secured promotion from League One. Forgotten man indeed.

Part of the future? Either of them? They were certainly down the pecking order.

Then, amidst the horrendous run of seven straight defeats, Prutton came back and got a surprise first team recall. Nice easy one - leaders Cardiff away. He did well and stayed in.

A few games later Coke - barely figuring on the radar - joined him, doing so with a storming display to help pull off a shock 3-1 win in the televised game at Hull City.

Suddenly, the forgotten pair of midfielders became very much part of team planning. Their performances saw them became pretty regular components in the second half of the season.

What next? Who knows!