AS a sign of intent, Sheffield Wednesday’s capture this week of Gary Hooper is a persuasive one.
The Norwich City striker has moved to Hillsborough on loan with the Owls understood to be paying his £32,000-per-week wages in full plus a £500,000 fee.
No Championship club forks out such a significant sum to finish mid-table so, clearly, the sense of belief currently firing supporters has spread to the boardroom.
For his part, Hooper is just glad to be at Wednesday after an earlier proposed move collapsed shortly before the end of the summer transfer window.
“It didn’t happen because of Norwich,” explained the former Celtic striker when asked what had gone wrong in August. “They said they needed me.
“I was supposed to sign on the same day as (Canaries team-mate) Michael Turner, but my deal fell through. I had medical and it just didn’t happen.
“It has been on-going so it is nice to be here. I have spoken to the gaffer a few times and seen the players (yesterday in training).
“The gaffer wants me to play games and score goals. Hopefully, I can help the team climb up the table.”
Hooper joins a buoyant squad that is still basking in the glow of Tuesday night’s quite remarkable dismantling of Premier League Arsenal.
The South Yorkshire club thrilled a capacity crowd to coast into the last eight, but head coach Carlos Carvalhal has urged his players not to get carried away.
He added: “We must keep our feet on the ground. We are winning because we are doing very good team work.”
Keiren Westwood could return after an ankle strain, while Fernando Forestieri is available again after being Cup-tied.
Wednesday’s Capital One Cup tie at Stoke City will take place on Tuesday, December 1, kick-off 7.45pm.