Moses Odubajo opens up on the Garry Monk meeting that almost saw him leave Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday defender Moses Odubajo has opened up on the conversation that saw Owls boss Garry Monk tell him he would be allowed to leave the club in January, explaining that it was a turning point in his mindset in a difficult first few months with the club.

By Alex Miller
Friday, 29th May 2020, 7:00 am

The 26-year-old, who has spoken at length about his desire to get his career with Wednesday back on track in recent weeks, revealed that he initiated the meeting after a poor run of form had seen him fall out of Monk’s plans in favour of the resurgent Morgan Fox.

Odubajo was a shock omission from the well-rotated FA Cup squad that travelled to Premier League Brighton at the turn of the year, with teenage rookie Osaze Urhoghide preferred in the Owls’ vacant right-back spot.

“I called the gaffer and asked for a meeting,” Odubajo said, speaking exclusively to The Star. “Things were said back and forth and in a nutshell, he told me he wouldn’t stand in my way if I wanted to leave the club on loan.

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“Initially I decided to assess my options and have a good think about things. It didn’t take me long to think there was no point continuing to do that when I knew I was good enough to be in the squad and play.

“It made me get my head down and stick at it and try to show everyone what I know I can do on the pitch.

“I started training well and before I knew it doors were starting to open up in terms of getting back into the starting 11, then there was an injury [to Fox] that brought me back into the team.”

Odubajo, a Steve Bruce free transfer from Brentford, is approaching the first anniversary of his signing at Hillsborough.

Garry Monk told Moses Odubajo he wouldn't stand in his way if he wanted to leave the club back in January.

“This break has come at a good time for me,” he said. “It does feel like a clean break.

“I’m tired of speaking about the past and what’s happened, I just want to get my head down and work hard and start enjoying my football again.”