STRIKER Ryan Lowe has dimissed suggestions his future lies away from Sheffield Wednesday, insisting: “I have waited 14 years to play in the Championship and I am not going to let this chance go away from me lightly.”
Despite Lowe hitting nine goals in 14 starts in the Owls’ promotion tilt, there are serious doubts about whether the 33-year-old will regularly be involved under Dave Jones when the new season gets under way in August.
Wednesday manager Jones has four strikers in Lowe, Chris O’Grady, Gary Madine and Chris Maguire and is still looking to beef up his attack.
He is currently assessing trialist Marlon Harewood during the club’s week-long pre-season training camp in the Algarve, Portugal.
Lowe, a £100,000 signing from Bury, is one of a number of Wednesday players who have not played in the second tier of English football before but he is confident he can silence his detractors.
He defiantly told The Star: “I want to prove people who have questioned me wrong.
“People have said ‘are you going to stay or move on?’ and ‘is the Championship going to be too hard for you?’ Well, we will find out soon.
“I am not going to go anywhere without giving this the best go of my life.
“Straight after the end of the season, I spoke to the manager and asked him where I stood and where I fit into his plans and he said I would get a chance.
“I deserve a chance because I have worked hard to get here. You hear about rumours and people talking about your future but it doesn’t faze me at all. It just makes me want to do better.”
Jones primarily used Lowe as an impact player in his 12 matches at the helm at the end of last season.
“I don’t worry about my future,” said Lowe. “I will never be fazed by competition. I have come through challenges all my life.
“I will never go down without a fight.
“I am here to do well for myself, my family and the football club.
“I am going to be working hard and I will do whatever it takes to get into the starting 11.”
The Star understands summer signing Chris Kirkland has not travelled with the rest of the squad to Portugal.
The one-time England international is believed to be in talks with Wednesday over terminating his contract due to personal reasons. Goalkeeper Kirkland moved to the Owls on a free transfer from Wigan Athletic.
Wednesday boast two experienced shot-stoppers in Stephen Bywater and Nicky Weaver.