Owls captain Glenn Loovens has praised the way Sheffield Wednesday’s coaching staff have handled his workload throughout the 2014/15 campaign.
The former Celtic and Cardiff City centre-half, contracted to Wednesday until the end of the season, has missed just two of the club’s 26 Championship matches.
He sat out the goalless draw at Bolton Wanderers due to a one-match suspension for collecting five yellow cards and their narrow home victory over Blackpool on Boxing Day because of a hamstring problem.
The 31-year-old, who initially penned a short-term deal in December 2013, told The Star: “When I came here, I had just been out of action for six weeks after back surgery. I didn’t have a pre-season. I had played no games and done little training and I came here and they threw me straight into it.
“I took part in all the pre-season training sessions in the summer so I feel much fitter than I was last year. That’s been the big difference.”
Loovens, one yellow card away from triggering a two-match suspension, added: “If they (the coaching staff) feel like we have had a lot of games, then sometimes they will take me out of training and say have a rest. I am not getting any younger so they manage me really well.”
Loovens, capped twice by the Netherlands, has indicated he would like to extend his stay with the Championship club.
“Every club I have been at, I have been there for a long time,” he said. “Hopefully we will sit down soon and I can be part of what happens here.
“I am quite relaxed about everything. They know what I am capable of and know the club inside out.”
Owls’ development match with Millwall, scheduled to take place yesterday, was postponed due to a frozen pitch.