Lee Gregory reveals forthright talks with Darren Moore over reduced Sheffield Wednesday playing time

Lee Gregory has reiterated his desire to stay on at Sheffield Wednesday beyond the end of his contract this summer – but spoke candidly about his feelings around his reduced playing time this season.
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Last season’s top scorer hasn’t started a league match for nearly a month and has seen the division of labour up top split between himself, the returning Josh Windass and new signings Michael Smith and Mallik Wilks.

And asked about how he feels about that reduction in pitch time, the four-goal striker revealed he has held meetings with Darren Moore to have honest discussions over his frustration.

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“I’ll be honest, I’m not happy when I’m not starting and I’ve expressed that to the gaffer as well,” he said. “At the end of the day, this is our job, so I tell the gaffer I’m not happy with his decision and then I move on and try to come on to contribute. That’s just the way I am.

“I want to start and play every game and unfortunately I’m not.

“I just need to work hard, get my head down and carry on.

“I want to play every game. I’m not unfit, I’m as fit as I ever was, so I don’t look at my age like that.

“I can manage myself now, I’m experienced and I can manage myself away from the training ground and everything else.”

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Speaking to The Star, Gregory went on to clarify that his speaking out on reduced playing time is not cause from drama between him and the coaching staff and that at this stage of his career he feels able to have forthright conversations about how the season is going.

“Listen, we’re not falling out and arguing or anything,” Gregory said, making he clear he ‘loves the club’. “We’ve just had talks about the fact I’m not happy when I’m not starting.

“It’s a long season and everyone has to contribute. It’s like that, there’s no big argument and I’m not unhappy with the club, but I want to be starting.


“Once we’ve had that conversation it’s done, under the carpet and you crack on with the games.

“It happens with everyone. This isn’t me causing any drama or anything, it’s just the way it is.”