Sheffield Wednesday: Lavery backed to carry on leading Spireites challenge

Caolan Lavery
Caolan Lavery

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has expressed his delight over Caolan Lavery’s goal-scoring exploits at League Onepromotion hopefuls Chesterfield.

Owls striker Lavery has grabbed three goals in seven outings since joining the Spireites on loan last month, including a last-minute winner against MK Dons in midweek.

The 22-year-old’s loan deal is set to expire tomorrow but The Star understands he will remain at the Proact Stadium for the remainder of the campaign, although Wednesday will insert a 24-hour recall clause as part of the arrangement.

Gray told The Star: “I spoke to Paul Cook (Chesterfield boss) recently and he said he has been pleased with Lav’s performances. It’s great he’s scoring goals and that will give him a lot of confidence.

“Lav is better off getting games at the moment. I’ve got Stevie May and Chris Maguire on the bench so I would rather Lavs carry on gaining experience.”

Lavery’s strikes for the Spireites have come against Notts County, Fleetwood Town and MK Dons. The former Northern Ireland Under-21 international is relishing playing regular first-team football.

“I’m enjoying my football and scoring goals,” said Lavery, who spent most of the first half of the season on the sidelines due to a serious knee injury.

Owls midfielder Giles Coke, meanwhile, has joined Bolton Wanderers on loan until the end of the season. The 28-year-old has played 16 times for Gray’s side this season, hitting a spectacular winner against Brighton and Hove Albion on the opening day.

However, Coke’s last Wednesday outing came in their goalless home draw with Rotherham United in November. He then picked up an Achilles problem which required a pain-killing injection.

Since regaining full fitness, Coke has been unable to force his way back into Gray’s first-team plans.

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