Sheffield Wednesday: Family man Pudil targets Owls deal

Daniel Pudil
Daniel Pudil

It is a stressful period in Daniel Pudil’s personal and professional life.

On the field, the Czech Republic international is looking to impress and fighting hard to earn a permanent move to Hillsborough.

Carlos Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal

But the Owls defender, who has been granted permission by parent club Watford to play in their Capital One Cup tie at Newcastle United tonight, currently has his hands full away from football.

“My girlfriend is here with my little son; they are happy here,” said Pudil. “It was important to come (to a club) for some time.

“I wanted to be at a club for a season or move permanently. I am not just doing this for myself but also my family.

“My son is going to school and I don’t want to bring him here for seven to eight months and move him again.My daughter will be born here in a four weeks so I have to now think about them.

“I would like to stay in Sheffield. If the chairman wants me at the end of the season, I would be perfectly happy.”

Pudil, on a season long-loan deal from Watford, admits things have been hectic in recent weeks.

“I am busy right now because we have brought so many things to the house,” he said.

“We chose a house with nothing inside so we had to get things delivered from London.

“I had to build everything myself so it has been quite difficult. I am looking forward now. A second child, new club, new friends and I am feeling positive. We just need to win some more games.”

Having been frozen out at Watford, Pudil recognises his performances will determine whether his target will become a reality.

So far, Pudil has had a positive influence on the Owls in his three outings, offering defensive solidity and showing a willingness to get forward and support the attack. He delivered a peach of a cross on debut for Atdhe Nuhiu to claim his second goal of the season in the loss to Burnley following the two-week international break.

He said: “Since I came here, I feel like I am home. There are many people who are friendly and I am happy to be here.

“I have not had any problems settling.

“Sheffield Wednesday is one of the biggest clubs in the UK and there are so many supporters here. We all have one target and that is getting in the top six.

“That is why everyone is here, to do that job. I know Sheffield has two clubs and it is like half and half. Since I came, I have felt part of the club.”

Pudil first joined the Hornets on loan in the summer of 2012, completing a permanent switch a year later. He has featured 108 times for Watford, hitting three goals.

Pudil, who has previously represented Sparta Prague, FK Chmel Blsany and Slovan Liberec in his homeland, played a part in Watford’s promotion-winning side last season.

When pressed on why he decided to join Wednesday, he said: “Before the start of the season, I knew Sheffield wanted me along with a few other clubs. First of all, I wanted to do everything to stay at Watford as we had won promotion to the Premier League.

“In my mind was to try and stay in the squad. But, during pre-season, I felt something was going wrong and that I would not be in the squad.

“Wednesday were still talking to my agent and, one day, they asked if I wanted to speak to the chairman. I said, ‘Of course’.

“I drive four hours from London and we met in a hotel. We had a quick chat and after one minute I knew this was the right way to do it.”

Pudil, in line to make his fourth Wednesday appearance versus the Magpies, who are languishing in the lower reaches of the top-flight, is convinced Carlos Carvalhal’s men are heading in the right direction.

“We have played three games and got four points but the way we played was to dominate,” said the 29-year-old, who has also played in Belgium and Italy in his nomadic career.

“We deserved more points than we got.

“We have so many new players and they need time to settle down. Already, we have shown our potential and our target is to improve every game.”

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