Chris Powell says he would consider a loan move for Anthony Gerrard – but hasn’t ruled out recalling the experienced centre-back to his Huddersfield Town side.
The 32-year-old has yet to feature this term after picking up a calf injury during pre-season, but is now back to full fitness.
Gerrard completed the whole of this week’s development match against Coventry City then tweeted: “I need to start playing first-team games now, wherever that may be.”
Sources suggest there have been no enquiries for a player who was recently linked with Sheffield United, but that could change with the loan deadline looming.
No moves are permitted between the end of this month and the January transfer window, and Powell, who has loaned Martin Paterson to Fleetwood Town, said: “I have an open mind.
“It’s possible Anthony could go out on loan, but it’s equally possible he could play for us, because there is always the chance of an injury, suspension or loss of form.
“I understand he is a senior professional who wants to play matches, and that’s a good thing, because I want my players to be hungry.
“Anthony’s injury meant he missed a chunk of pre-season, and it has taken him time to get back up to speed, but he is now fit and training very well.
“Up to now the lads with the shirts have kept them, and as a good professional who has a good attitude, he has accepted the situation.
“We have spoken and he has told me he wants to play, preferably for us. In response I have told him to be patient.
“If the opportunity arises for him to go out on loan and we feel it’s in the best interests of Anthony and ourselves, we will give it proper consideration.”
Powell has yet to decide whether to field Gerrard in Monday evening’s development match against his former club Cardiff City.
It’s free admission to the 7.00 game at the South Wales club’s home stadium, where Town suffered a 3-1 Championship defeat in August.