FORMER Owls loan striker and newly crowned award-winner Enoch Showunmi looks set to relaunch his career when his old club visit Tranmere on Saturday.
It means a fresh threat to Wednesday from the big man who helped to heap misery on them in a 3-0 Rovers win at Prenton Park in February.
Showunmi has just been named League One Player of the Year in the annual Northwest Football Awards.
But he was sidelined by a groin injury last month and played only as a sub in Tranmere’s last two games, defeats by Chesterfield and Cheltenham in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and FA Cup respectively.
He could return on Saturday as manager Les Parry ponders changes after a 1-0 home k.o. against Cheltenham.
Shownmi scored 13 goals last season - including the third one in a torrid night for the Owls, early in Gary Megson’s reign.
It was particularly sweet for the man who failed to score in six starts and four outings for Wednesday in a two-month loan spell in early 2008.
Now he is bidding to reclaim his place and add to his meagre tally of two goals this season.
His award resulted from fans’ votes and took into account his 2010-11 fortunes.
Showunmi said: “It means a lot to be recognised for your performances by supporters and I would like to thank everyone who voted for me. It is nice to be rewarded for your work on the pitch.
“But football is a team game and I would not have won the award without the rest of the squad at Tranmere, or the coaching staff.
“They all helped me settle in really well in my first season at Prenton Park and made my job a lot easier.
“We improved during last season and we’ve kicked on this season and hopefully we will go on progressing, month by month.”
The 29-year-old joined Tranmere in the summer of last year, and his total of 13 league and cup goals made him the club’s top scorer, and a key man in Rovers’ clinching of safety.
Manager Parry said: “Enoch is champing at the bit to get back into the side.”
The striker’s chances of a recall could be boosted by a Rovers run of four League and Cup games without a win. Parry, not hapopy with the performance against Cheltenham, said: “I have a few questions that have to be answered this week.”