Sheffield Wednesday’s Dominic Iorfa has told Yorkshire Post how he expects to be back fit by pre-season and looks forward to working with manager Darren Moore.
The Owls defender picked up a season-ending injury in December.
Iorfa, Wednesday’s reigning player of the year, has been a huge miss for the club and his absence is one of several key reasons why the Owls face a possible relegation.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers man is a top Championship player, and he was the subject of reported interest from promotion challengers Watford last summer.
Many Owls fans fear he will sought-after in the event of relegation.
But Iorfa has since told reporters how he is looking forward to working with Moore, hinting he will remain at Hillsborough regardless of what happens over the coming weeks.
“I’ve had conversations with him [Darren Moore], he’s been really good. He’s just said he looks forward to working with me next season which is good to hear, so he’s just said to take my time with my recovery because he wants me coming back 100 per cent. That’s reassuring and good to hear from the gaffer. It’s been nearly four or five months since the injury but things are going well and I’m starting to see the light and the end of the tunnel. I should be back on the grass in the next few weeks, maybe at the start of May, and in the off season it’s just a case of building up my fitness. Come first day of pre-season I want to be totally ready,” Iorfa explained.
The 25-year-old suffered a knee ligament injury, with former manager Tony Pulis cursing his luck while calling the defender a ‘Rolls Royce’ of a player.
Pulis was sacked shortly after, following a run of just one win in nine games.
Iorfa remains one of Wednesday’s most prized assets. His importance could be even greater this summer with Tom Lees, Osaze Urhoghide and Moses Odubajo out of contract.
Capable of playing at right-back or in central defence, Iorfa provides quality and versatility.
Watford may still hold an interest, while fellow Championship clubs will certainly view him as a potential target this summer should the Owls fail to pull off a great escape.