Owls: Waddle praise lifts Lowe as full debut approaches

Chance meeting: Chris Waddle told Ryan Lowe he would do well.
Chance meeting: Chris Waddle told Ryan Lowe he would do well.
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CHRIS Waddle has put a fresh spring in Ryan Lowe’s step as the striker gets set to make his full debut for Sheffield Wednesday at Wycombe today.

The striker had a chance meeting with the Hillsborough legend and was flattered to be complimented.

“I bumped into Chris Waddle and he praised me a bit, which was nice, coming from him,” said Lowe.

“It was a bit of a surprise, He said he’d watched me a couple of times last season playing for Bury and he said he thought I’ll do well in the division.

“He keeps his eye on Sheffield Wednesday and comes here all the time.

“It was good to get that feedback from him. I was stunned by it and thanked him for saying it.

“I was on the phone to my friends and family, telling them what had happened!”

Lowe is looking to aid a promotion push but will not be worried if the Owls do not manage to break into the top two just yet.

He explained: “I know the manager would probably disagree, but I think we’re in a nice comfortable position.

“If you’re still in and around there after Christmas and looking up, then that’s your aim. If you’re already up there and looking around, it might be a bit different.

“I was in a similar situation at Bury (who were promoted) and I have the same vibe now as I had last season.”

Meanwhile, two former Wednesday captains have started fresh careers.

Darren Purse, on loan from Millwall, is in Yeovil’s squad at home to Huddersfield today, aiming to close in on the 700-appearance mark before his career is over - but still believing that he capable of Championship football.

“I want to look back at my career and say I have played 700 League games or somewhere close to that,” said the 34-year-old defender. “I do not want to be playing reserve team football at Millwall, as much as it is my boyhood club and I love playing for them.

“I have had one game against Plymouth and as much as it could be seen that I am helping out Yeovil, Yeovil are helping out me as it is getting me fit for when I go back to Millwall, because I want to play in the Championship.

“I believe I am still good enough to do that and while I still have that belief, hopefully it will turn around for me.”

Meanwhile Lee Bullen has given up the assistant managership of Falkirk to go into an Ecclesall Road estate agency business with his partner.

Bullen explained: “I had to leave Falkirk; there are financial constraints in Scottish football, and I’m a victim of that. It was my decision to leave.

“We’ve only lost two or 22 games, are second in the table, reached the semi-finals of the League Cup after beating Rangers and Dundee United, and reached the final of the Scottish equivalent of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, and that’s with a lot of kids in the side.

“But on the financial side I knew at the start of the season it would be tough. It got to a point where no matter how well we are doing on the pitch, there are still financial gaps to fill.

“A group of us had to take salary cuts. The manager, Steven Pressley, has done a great job.”