Sheffield Wednesday: Slowly does it for Seyi

Sheffield Wednesday's Seyi Olofinjana
Sheffield Wednesday's Seyi Olofinjana
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Seyi Olofinjana says securing the long-term future of several Wednesday players is key to the club pulling away from the Championship bottom three.

The 33-year-old, who has won 44 caps for Nigeria, signed a month-to-month contract with the Owls in time to play against Barnsley on October 26 after training with the club since the start of the season.

And he was an important figure on Saturday alongside Stephen McPhail at the heart of the midfield as the Owls beat Reading 5-2 at Hillsborough.

However, Olofinjana says because strike pair Connor Wickham and Matty Fryatt are on loan, and the long-term futures of both himself and McPhail are undecided, it is difficult for the club to look too far ahead.

“We’ve only won one game so we don’t want to be getting too carried away after three points,” he said. “There’s a lot of us in short-term situations as well, so we can’t be thinking ‘where will we (the club) be at Christmas?’ in the league table.

“We have to just take it one game at a time at the moment and see where that leaves us.

“It’s down to the club to make decisions (about signings).”

While Wednesday will benefit from the arrival of Wickham from Sunderland to partner Hull City’s Fryatt, the reality of football finances may make it difficult for either to remain for longer than their parent clubs deem necessary.

Match-to-match is how the Owls may have to go for a while as they look to establish themselves in a more comfortable position.

And while doing so Olofinjana insists he’ll keep improving.

“You only ever get your true fitness from playing games,” he said. “I had the privilege of playing with Stephen McPhail when we were at Cardiff but he’s just one of a number of good players who are here.”

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