Clarke heads back to Owls
Leon Clarke is back in the fold at Sheffield Wednesday after his move to Southend was put on hold.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 01/01/08 1:34pm
Leon Clarke is back in the first-team fold at Sheffield Wednesday after his proposed move to Southend was put on hold.
The striker had been at Roots Hall since August but his loan deal expired at the end of December and he has been forced to return to Hillsborough.
Clarke joined Wednesday during last January's transfer window but has struggled to settle with the Owls and spent the end of last season on loan at Oldham.
He made only one start in the Championship this season for Brain Laws' side before heading off to Southend where he has enjoyed considerable success, scoring eight goals in 16 appearances.
Both sides are keen to push a permanent deal through in the coming weeks, but for the time being Laws is happy to have the striker back in his plans.
"A deal has not gone through at the moment and there is a doubt that it may not go through," said the Owls' boss.
"At this moment in time he is still a Sheffield Wednesday player so he has got to come into the equation.
"As it stands he will be available to us against Preston and for the FA Cup trip to Derby.
"We will have a look at him and see if he is mentally ready for it because he has had a bit of a torrid time since he has been here, the fans haven't taken to him greatly and he knows that so I also have to take that into consideration."