Owls: Sheffield Wednesday striker Heffernan out to make a difference

Sheffield Wednesday striker: Paul Heffernan
Sheffield Wednesday striker: Paul Heffernan
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PAUL Heffernan believes that he can bring a new dimension to the Owls’ attack.

Set to earn a rare chance in the starting line-up today at Southampton, he feels that he is different to the club’s other three main strikers, Gary Madine, Neil Mellor and Clinton Morrison.

“We have big Gary, who wins a lot of headers and is more of a target man,” said Heffernan.

“Clinton looks to back into defenders and Neil likes to get into the six-yard box.

“I think I’m a bit diferent. I can come a bit deeper to get the ball and try to set things up.”

But Heffernan also has an eye for goal, as he showed when converting a cross by Madine in the game against Peterborough.

Heffernan, a sub on Tuesday, could partner Madine today.

The former Doncaster forward hopes for a chance to sharpen his match fitness:

“That is a problem,” he admits. “You can do all the training you want; it’s not the same as playing. But you just have to try to keep youself fit in training.

“Hopefully I can get in the team and score a few more goals. Training in the week and then not playing on a Saturday is one of the worst things.

“You wonder when you’re going to get your next opportunity. You have to be professional, get your head down in training and hope to impress the manager when your chance comes. Hopefully I’ve done that.”

Heffernan had similar hopes two months ago after he went on as a sub against Charlton at Hillsborough when the team were 2-0 down and his goal and performance helped to earn a 2-2 draw. But he then remained on the bench.

Wednesday have confirmed that former Sheffield United commercial manager Andy Daykin is joining their commercial department next month.