Date: 16th October 2007 at 9:35am
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Midfielder Graham Kavanagh is pondering an extension to his loan deal at Hillsborough – but is still keen to return to Sunderland for first team football in the Premiership.

The former Republic of Ireland international will play his final game of his one-month loan deal in the blue and white of the Owls against old club Stoke City this weekend.

And although Kavanagh, and Owls boss Brian Laws, have expressed their desire to stay at S6, the experienced midfielder could be on his way back up the Stadium of Light should he be given the chance of first team football under Roy Keane.

‘I’d been out for a while and the gaffer (Keane) said that I needed games, which I knew myself that I did,’ Kavangh told The Northern Echo.

‘Hopefully, it’s all for the good of getting fit again and back in the team at Sunderland.

‘But if that isn’t going to happen, so be it. I’ll have to start looking at my options and see what’s available.’

But Kav, who helped steer Wednesday to their first two wins of the season immediately after his arrival, insists he would still stay an Owl should his chance fail to come in the top flight.

He continued: ‘At the moment, I’m just enjoying playing and being involved at Sheffield Wednesday. It’s a huge club and it shouldn’t be in the position it’s in.’

Michael Johnson’s loan deal from Derby County is also up after the trip to Stoke, but the Owls will be hoping to cling on to them both as they aim to climb up the Championship table.