Omar Damba has vowed to ‘keep working’ after training with Sheffield Wednesday’s first team this week.
Damba joined the Owls on an 18-month contract midway through last season, having impressed against their Under-23s for the Richmond International Academic & Soccer Academy (RIASA).
But posting on Instagram earlier, the young striker shared a photo of himself in action against senior players Matt Penney and Massimo Luongo at Middlewood Road.
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Damba’s pathway to Lee Bullen’s 18 has cleared slightly with the departure of Lucas Joao to Reading, although it continues to be blocked by a quartet of centre forwards, Steven Fletcher, Jordan Rhodes, Atdhe Nuhiu and Sam Winnall.
The Gambia-born player was coached by the former Sheffield Wednesday captain, Rob Jones, at RIASA.
Speaking via the Yorkshire-based academy’s Twitter account after the move, Jones labelled Damba ‘a player’ and added: “He was born and bred to play football, and he has that tenacity and that desire to go to the next level.
“He may well now become a national player”
Meanwhile, the Owls defender Joost van Aken has joined the German second-tier side VfL Osnabruck on loan, and could face his former manager, Jos Luhukay, this season.