LIFE is pretty hectic for Daniel Pudil right now.
Not only is the 29-year-old full-back settling into a new life in Sheffield after playing three games inside eight days for Wednesday.
But he has also overseen a family move north, helped his son settle at a new school and, in four weeks or so, is due to become a father for a second time. No wonder, therefore, that Pudil has hardly had time to draw breath since moving to Hillsborough on a season-long loan deal from Watford shortly before the summer window closed.
“It has been busy but I feel at home,” said the Czech Republic international ahead of tonight’s Capital One Cup tie at Newcastle United.
“Sheffield Wednesday is one of the biggest clubs in the UK and everyone is so friendly. In pre-season, I felt something was wrong (at Watford) and I would not be part of the squad.
“I knew in pre-season Wednesday were interested. They were still talking to my agent and, one day, they asked if I wanted to speak to the chairman (Dejphon Chansiri). I said, ‘Of course’.
“I drove four hours from London and we met in a hotel. A friendly guy. I sat next to him, we had a quick chat and after one minute I knew this was the right way to do it. When I moved to Belgium or Italy or England, it was because of that first feeling. It was always the right choice.”
Had things worked out differently, of course, Pudil could have been at St James’ Park on Saturday as Watford claimed a 2-1 victory. Instead, he is hoping to help Wednesday pull off a Cup upset as part of a new chapter in his life.
“A second child, new club, new friends and I am feeling positive,” he said. “It was important to come for some time. I wanted to be at a club for a season or move permanently. I now have to think about my family.
“My little one is going to school and I don’t want to bring him here for seven to eight months and move him again.
“I would like to stay in Sheffield. If the chairman wants me at the end of the season, I would be perfectly happy.”
Last six games: Newcastle United LDWLLL, Sheffield Wednesday DWLLDW.
Referee: C Kavanagh (Manchester).
Last time: Newcastle United 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0; August 19, 2009; Championship.