Date: 4th April 2011 at 12:32pm
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Wednesday striker Neil Mellor has told boss Gary Megson that he’s keen to stay at Hillsborough after his season-long loan comes to an end.

Mellor, on loan from Preston North End, netted a brace to help the Owls to their first home win in npower League One of 2011 with a 2-1 win over Colchester United.

The former Liverpool youngster has struggled to cement a regular place in the Owls first team following the appointment of Gary Megson as manager.

But he hopes his performance on Saturday will help strengthen his chances of being a key figure for Wednesday between now and the end of the season – and help strengthen his chances of a permanent deal.

‘I’ve been in to see the manager. I told him that although I’m on loan I’m keen to stay,’ he told SkySports.com.

‘I wanted him to know I was disappointed.

‘Hopefully, after today it will put me in his good thoughts for the remainder of the season.’

Mellor is the top-scorer at Wednesday this season but the 28-year-old has struggled to remain a first-team regular throughout the campaign.

He’s deemed surplus to requirements at parent club Preston and his future could well depend on how well he performs between now and the end of the season for Megson.