Ipswich v Sheffield Weds: Fryatt remains target for Owls chief Gray

Owls target Matty Fryatt.
Owls target Matty Fryatt.
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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY head coach Stuart Gray says that close-season target Matty Fryatt has a big decision to make regarding his long-term future.

The Owls finish their campaign at Portman Road this afternoon, with signing a 20-goal striker top of Gray’s hit-list of summer priorities.

The man whose name figures very high up is Fryatt, although the frontman, who enjoyed an impressive loan spell at Hillsborough earlier this term, could yet remain in East Yorkshire, despite his deal expiring next month.

Gray said: “There will be a few Bosmans out there. We’ve been linked with Matty as his contract is up at Hull City, but they are probably in the process of offering him a new contract.

“I think they will probably be qualifying for the Europa League as Arsenal look like they are going to get fourth spot. It’s whether Matty wants to play regular football or play a bit-part.

“But we’ve got other players we want to consider as well.”

Sam Hutchinson, Chris Maguire and Jacques Maghoma could return this afternoon.

Gray remains confident that long-term injury duo Liam Palmer and Lewis Buxton, recovering from pelvic and medial ligament injuries respectively, will be back in time for pre-season training on July 1.

The futures of a host of out-of-contract players will be addressed by Gray tomorrow, with a vast number seeing their deals expire in June.

On that list are Chris Kirkland, Reda and Jermaine Johnson, Anthony Gardner, Jose Semedo, David Prutton, Adam Davies, Martin Taylor, Rafa Floro, Miguel Llera, Glenn Loovens, Oguchi Onyewu and Arron Jameson.

The Owls are known to be keen on retaining Kirkland, Loovens and Onyewu, with the futures of the others in doubt.