Sheffield Wednesday: Owls keep eye on Fryatt’s final

Matty Fryatt volleys home to earn the Owls a 1-1 draw at Barnsley
Matty Fryatt volleys home to earn the Owls a 1-1 draw at Barnsley
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Wednesday target Matty Fryatt is still putting thoughts of his long-term future to the back of his mind as the Owls hope that his appearance in today’s FA Cup final will be his last for Hull.

With ambitions to lure their former loan star back to Hillsborough, Wednesday have good reason to scrutinise how he and the Tigers fare against Arsenal.

It could be argued that they have to hope he fails to shine, for a starring role would surely make it even more difficult to land him, with Hull already intending to make him an offer of a new contract and other clubs watching developments.

Fryatt, determined to stay level headed, says: “It is unimaginable that I will be playing in an FA Cup final, if I am honest,” He has netted four goals in Hull’s Cup run but has not started a Premier League game, with Steve Bruce preferring a front two of Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic, who are cup-tied.

Wednesday, on the other hand, can offer first-team football. Stuart Gray told The Star: “I think Matty is at a stage where he will want to play regularly rather than sit on the bench.”

Looking forward to the final, Fryatt said: “It is doesn’t happen to someone like myself normally. If I think about it too much, it won’t be good. I have to approach it as a normal game. I have to deal with it that way, otherwise, it will be too much.

“I used to love watching the Cup final as a kid. Grandstand had the build-up from 9am and there would be cameras on the bus and so on. The players would be interviewed. I know I’d rather play cards than all that but watching it was exciting. The TV companies would then go to the team hotels and interview all sorts.

“That side of the Cup final has died down but, as a kid, I loved it. In a way, it is a shame that has all gone. But times have changed.”