Stuart Gray, the Sheffield Wednesday head coach, has hinted striker Gary Madine may still have a future at the Championship club.
Madine is currently on loan at Coventry City but is set to return to Hillsborough on January 30. The Gateshead-born player has notched four goals in 12 outings for the Sky Blues.
Despite bolstering his forward line by capturing Manchester United youngster Will Keane yesterday, Gray has not ruled out Madine forcing his way back into his first-team plans. The 24-year-old is out of contract in the summer.
He told The Star: “Gary will comeback into my thoughts on January 30. That competition is going to be healthy again up front.
“We haven’t closed the door on Gary. Things can quickly change in football with injuries and suspensions.”
Gray has also explained why he let midfielder Rhys McCabe play in a development match for Birmingham City earlier this week.
The former Scotland Under-21 international featured in the Blues’ 2-1 victory over Coventry City on Tuesday.
McCabe, who has made just three substitute appearances for the Owls this season, will become a free agent in the summer.
Gray said: “Birmingham inquired about wanting to have a look at Rhys close up in a training session and in a game. I let him go and get a game so he could put himself in the shop window.
“He’s blocked off at the moment here. All players want to play.
“A couple of weeks ago, Rhy was a regular on the bench and he actually got on against Manchester City but since then Lewis Buxton, Sam Hutchinson, Giles Coke and Joe Mattock have come back from injury.
“Rhys is not the only one who has missed out. So has Paul Corry.”
Former Owls loanee Royston Drenthe, meanwhile, has joined Turkish top flight club Kayseri Erciyesspor on a free transfer.