The only way is up for ambitious Batth

Glad to be back: Danny Batth was a success last season during his 10 matches with Wednesday
Glad to be back: Danny Batth was a success last season during his 10 matches with Wednesday
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Wednesday’s Danny Batth says the club’s history and its fans played a large part in tempting him back for a second loan spell.

The 20-year-old Wolverhampton Wanderers centre-half is too young to remember the Owls glory days in the early 1990s.

But he told The Star he appreciates the size of the club and wants to bring back the good times to Hillsborough.

He said: “There’s still a lot of Wednesday fans in the West Midlands from the 1990s. I can’t really remember those years but I do know the fans are passionate about the club.

“The Wednesdayites are similar to Wolves fans in some ways in that they put their hopes into the team. It’s not an expectation, but they really get behind you.

“I’m glad to be back. It is a great opportunity. I enjoyed it here last season and it is good to be coming back with promotion set as the goal for the club.”

Batth, who played 10 matches for the Owls last season after joining on March 17, says he is looking forward to establishing a partnership again with captain Rob Jones at the heart of the Wednesday defence.

He said: “I wanted the season to carry on last year. When me and Rob came to the club we were fighting for our lives but then we got ourselves out of it and we weren’t that far off from the play-offs.

“I’ve enjoyed my pre-season with Wolves. We’ve played a lot of matches so I shouldn’t be short of match practice.”

Brierley Hill-born Batth confirmed he is looking to move to the Sheffield area instead of commuting from the West Midlands.

Meanwhile Owls boss Gary Megson has praised his opposite number at Wolves, Mick McCarthy for the way he handled the move for Batth.

He said: “We’re delighted that it’s come through. I rang Mick before the end of last April about doing it and said if there was an opportunity, we’d like to be given it.

“Mick’s been terrific. He’s got to do his job for Wolves. He wanted Danny to stay in and around the team and be training with them. He’s got not just Danny but one or two others who would go out other clubs and hopefully do a good job for them and Wolves.”

Batth was on Megson’s original wanted list. It was always though likely he would return on loan.