SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Jeremy Helan happy to join fight

Debut boy: Jeremy Helan in action against Leicester City.'                                                                   Picture: Steve ellis
Debut boy: Jeremy Helan in action against Leicester City.' Picture: Steve ellis
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NEW boy Jeremy Helan is pledging his commitment to the cause as Wednesday bid to battle their way out of the Championship bottom three.

The 20-year-old loan left back from Manchester City says he is up for the fight and hoping to prolong his stay beyond one month.

“When times are hard you have to be a fighter; now I am part of the team so I have to have the same mentality and be ready for battle,” he said.

He feels that the Owls have the right team spirit: “The players are looking forward; they are not scared; they know it’s a tough time but they’re ready to go out there and play. There are no heads down; it’s a very good spirit.

“Sometimes you get defeats; but that’s the way it is; you win or lose, you have to take everything.”

In agreeing to the move he was undeterred by the Owls’ lowly position: “I’m a young player, I’ve got to play football; even though the club are down there, it is a big club.

“You can’t alway be at the top, so I thought even though they are down there, I’ll go there and be a fighter with them. If we work hard and stay positive, it will come, “

The defender’s debut against Leicester was his first outing in the Championship and he was praised by manager Dave Jones.

“It was a difficult game for our team,” said Helan, who was up against Ben Marshall. “I tried to help the team and work hard. I knew he was a good player; I don’t think he gave me any big problems but obviously he scored, that’s how you can see he is a quality player.”

Helan admits he is thinking about what may happen when his month is up.

“I have to go out there and do the job, and by doing the job hopefully I’ll stay longer. It’s not all down to me but once I’m on the pitch I have to show what I can do,” he said.