Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore says Dominic Iorfa is making wonderful progress and he is looking forward to working with the reported Watford target, Yorkshire Post report.
Iorfa joined the Owls from Wolverhampton Wanderers for a bargain £250,00 fee.
The versatile defender has since proven to be a top player at Hillsborough, with the Independent claiming Watford and an unnamed Premier League club wanted him last summer.
Iorfa ultimately stayed with the Owls and has been sorely missed this season.
The 25-year-old picked up a season-ending knee ligament injury back in December, with former manager Tony Pulis cursing his luck and calling the defender a ‘Rolls Royce’ of a player.
The Owls have struggled without his presence, and many supporters already feared that could be Iorfa done at Wednesday with relegation to League One a possibility.
But new manager Darren Moore has provided a positive injury update, while strongly suggesting Iorfa won’t leave this summer as he looks ahead to working with the player.
“I’ve had a chat with him in terms of his injury. He’s making wonderful progress and there is light at the end of the tunnel for him. He’s got to continue his rehab inside but we hope in weeks to come we will see him back on the training ground and jogging. I feel when they do that, and feel the grass and start jogging, they step through another door. That’s where he is at. It is about Dom getting himself right for pre-season and then picking up from where he left off. He’s someone I’m really looking forward to work with,” Moore explained.
Iorfa is one of Wednesday’s most valuable assets despite his current injury.
The defender has proven to be a top Championship player, while he still has another year to run on his contract unlike his teammates Adam Reach, Tom Lees and Osaze Urhoghide.
Relegation to League One will no doubt test the Owls’ resolve to retain him.
Watford may still hold an interest, while fellow Championship clubs will certainly view him as a potential target as he is expected to return to fitness towards the end of the summer.
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