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.
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.