Sheffield Wednesday loanee Will Buckley insists he's out to prove a point this season

General view of the Stadium ahead of the match

The winger is preparing for his third loan spell in the Championship after struggling to make an impact at Sunderland.

Birmingham's Will Buckley and Jon Toral in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Lewis McGugan

Will Buckley has told the Sheffield Star that he is determined to prove that he is still capable of shining in the Championship after completing a loan move to Sheffield Wednesday.

The 26-year-old has joined the Owls on a season-long deal from Sunderland. And while the move would have attracted plenty of excitement around Hillsborough had it taken place a year ago, there is perhaps less fanfare this time around following a difficult spell in the winger's career.

Brighton and Hove Albion's Will Buckley and Bolton Wanderers' Lee Chung Yong (L) in action

Having struggled to justify his £2.5m fee at the Stadium of Light, Buckley returned to the second tier twice last season, firstly for a hugely disappointing spell with Leeds United, and then with Birmingham City, which - while he scored on his home debut for the Blues - also failed to capture the imagination.

But the former Brighton man has insisted that those struggles have made him more desperate to succeed as part of Carlos Carvalhal's team.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

"The last few years have been difficult for me and I've not played as many games as I would have wanted," he told the Star.

"This season is about showing what I can do. I've come here to play games and with that I think I will get back to my best.

"I want to show that I can still play at this level and I really think that I can do that here."

General view of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium

Since arriving in England, Carvalhal has taken several players who were looking to prove a point on short-team deals, whether they be permanent or on loan.

And while some struggled to take the opportunity, the likes of Gary Hooper, Barry Bannan, Jack Hunt and Daniel Pudil all managed to secure long-term stays thanks to their excellent form which so nearly helped Wednesday secure promotion to the Premier League. 

And Buckley may look at those players and feel that if he can rediscover his best form during his time with the Owls, then he stands a great chance of getting his career back on track.  

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