Sheffield Wednesday: Paul out to hit heights

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OWLS midfield discovery Paul Corry is setting his sights high as he targets a long career in English football.

The 21-year-old Irishman is set to play only his fourth league game when Wednesday take on Peterborough today. But Wednesday boss Dave Jones, pictured left, is tipping him to be star of the future - and Corry is determined to as high as possible.

“I think it’s maybe silly for me to start thinking long-term now,” he said. “It a matter of trying to establish myself in the team here, play as many minutes as a can and take it from there. But ultimately I’m the same as any of the lads here: I want to go as high as I can. If that’s the Premiership, then it’s that; if it’s the top of the Championship, it’s the top of the Championship, but I want to keep improving and be the best player I can, and go as far as I can in the game.”

Corry was playing Irish League football for University College Dublin until Wednesday signed him this summer.

“I’m constantly learning not only in matches but in training as well,” says the man who also has a business degree.

“The Ipswich game was a real team performance; it was all about digging in; there wasn’t too much time on the ball. Semedo and the experienced lads got me through it.

“It’s a big step-up, compared to where I’ve come from,

“You have to know before you get the ball what you’re going to do, and physically it’s a lot quicker; maybe it’s taken its toll on my body and maybe that’s why I’ve come off in the games.”

Corry added; “It might take me a few more weeks to fully adapt to the speed and intensity of the matches.”

While Corry is only at the start of a three-year contract, Julian Bennett’s Hillsborough career could be heading towards its close. The 27-year-old left back’s one-month loan move to Shrewsbury comes after he was excluded from Jones’s first-team plans, and he is in the final season of his two-year contract.

The Owls manager said: “Julian needs to play games now. He’s had the loss of his mother, so he’s had all that to contend with.”