OWL MAR­NICK ON A MISSION

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Josh Mur­ray

NEW Sh­effield Wed­nes­day owner De­jphon Chan­siri is not the only Owl tar­get­ing a Pre­mier League re­turn – for­mer Manch­ester United star­let Mar­nick Ver­mijl ad­mits he has un­fin­ished busi­ness in the topflight.

The short hop across the Peak Dis­trict from Old Traf­ford to Hills­bor­ough is not a path of­ten trod­den by foot­ballers chas­ing suc­cess.

But the 23-year-old full-back moved to the Cham­pi­onship club on trans­fer dead­line day, Fe­bru­ary 2,for an undis­closed fee hav­ing made just one se­nior ap­pear­ance for the Red Devils this sea­son – in the 4-0 League Cup hum­bling at MK Dons.

Im­pres­sive

His im­pres­sive dis­plays since for Wed­nes­day have come at a good time, with the club en­joy­ing a mini-re­nais­sance that has seen them move well clear of any rel­e­ga­tion wor­ries.

Thai busi­ness­man Chan­siri, who bought the Owls from Mi­lan Man­daric in early March for £37.5m, re­vealed he wants to give his club a 150th birth­day present to re­mem­ber by help­ing them get back to the Pre­mier League by 2017.

And Bel­gian U21 in­ter­na­tional Ver­mijl says he wouldn’t have made the move if he didn’t think Wed­nes­day were within reach of end­ing a 15-year ex­ile from the top-flight.

“In this league you al­ways need to be­lieve you can get pro­mo­tion, be­cause ev­ery player wants to be play­ing at that level,” he said .“I took a step back to come here to try and fur­ther my ca­reer and to get more play­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We’ve a new owner as well who is tar­get­ing a re­turn to the Pre­mier League, so we have got some­thing re­ally good grow­ing.

“At United there is so much pres­sure on play­ers, be­cause you ba­si­cally need to win ev­ery sin­gle game.

“You are play­ing with the best play­ers in the world, so it is never go­ing to be easy to break in.

“But at times I did feel I could have had a chance to get out there, and that just didn’t come – so that’s why I am lov­ing hav­ing those op­por­tu­ni­ties in Sh­effield. The main thing for me is to be in the start­ing 11 as of­ten as pos­si­ble.”

Ver­mijl may have been ru­ing the ar­rival of the mid-sea­son in­ter­na­tional break more than most last week, hav­ing made four con­sec­u­tive ap­pear­ances in a run of games that yielded just one de­feat for the mid-ta­ble Owls.

Mo­men­tum

And the Bel­gian, who went to school with Chelsea keeper Thibaut Cour­tois, ad­mits he is rel­ish­ing the chance to play a key role in his side’s end-of-sea­son ef­forts.

“It’s been nice to be in the team over the last few weeks and start­ing, so hope­fully I can con­tinue that record and con­tinue to put in strong per­for­mances,” he added.

“We have al­ready man­aged to reach the to­tal of points that we achieved last sea­son – 53 – so that is very pleas­ing and it gives us quite a few matches to im­prove on it.

“With a few new play­ers in since Jan­uary, we just need to keep win­ning and build some mo­men­tum ahead of the next cam­paign. Per­son­ally, I have set­tled in re­ally nicely and I’m re­ally en­joy­ing be­ing here.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

NEW AM­BI­TION: Mar­nick Ver­mijl, seen here play­ing for Manch­ester United, is aim­ing for pro­mo­tion at Sh­effield Wed­nes­day. Inset: De­jphon Chan­siri

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