Sheffield Wednesday: Ex-Owls striker bounces back

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FORMER Owls striker Vadaine Oliver has earned himself some FA Cup glory - but he is just glad to be playing at all.

The 21-year-old has revealed how his career was rocked when he was at Hillsborough, by a cartilage injury that ruled him out for a year.

He was released at the end of last season and joined Blue Square Premier side Lincoln.

But he entered the spotlight when he went on as a sub and scored two goals as the Imps knocked League One club Walsall out of the FA Cup with a 3-2 replay victory at the Banks’s Stadium on Tuesday.

Oliver, from Crookes, was a trainee with the Owls and signed a professional deal before he suffered the injury.

“The problem I had was with the lateral meniscus in my knee and it kept me out for a full season. I ended up having two operations on it,” he said.

“Wednesday helped me out a lot through what was a very testing time and I couldn’t thank them enough. David Holdsworth [Lincoln manager] took a chance on me in the summer and I want to keep repaying him with goals. I was ecstatic at scoring in the FA Cup and wanted to go over to him and give him his dues.”

Oliver signed a one-year-deal at Lincoln after he impressed them while on trial. He has now scored three goals in two games and hopes to get a starting place as the Imps face Hereford United this afternoon at Sincil Bank.

“I was having a good run of starts earlier on in the season and I’ve got to work my way back into the starting line-up,” he said. “I want to carry on the form I’ve shown off the bench.”

Lincoln’s win against Walsall earned them a home tie against Mansfield in the FA Cup second round.