Thursday, April 19, 2007
Frank Simek has cooled rumors of a move to the Premier League by reaffirming his commitment to Sheffield Wednesday.

The 22-year old is reportedly the subject of interest from Aston Villa, Portsmouth and Charlton. Following a debut for the US National Team against Guatemala last month, the Owls are alleged to have slapped a $4million price tag on him.

The Missouri-born right back, however, has insisted he is in no rush to leave the English Championship club he joined on a free transfer from Arsenal in summer 2005.

"I am a Sheffield Wednesday player this season and next season and I am happy here," Simek told YA. "Right now the team is doing well so everything is good."

Simek has made 42 starts this season for the Owls, who sit 10th in their division, with three clubs between them and a possible route to the Premier League via the playoffs.

But the US international has not yet given up hope of promotion this time around.

"We just need to keep believing," said Simek. "We're five points outside the playoffs, so we're going into our last three games now where a draw is no good to us, so we'll go looking for goals and really get at teams."

Wednesday host 17th place Coventry on Saturday at Hillsborough and 15th place Norwich on the last day of the season, with a trip to high-flying promotion chasers Birmingham sandwiched in between.

"They're all going to be tricky," he confirmed. "But the run we have been on has been ridiculous and right now we are on a roll. Everybody's fit and it just shows how good of a team we are when we are firing on all cylinders."

Thanks to a three-game suspension, Simek took a breather after his US call-up, which he describes as 'definitely the highlight' of his season.

"It was cool, it was really cool," he recalled of his first donning of the Red, White & Blue in Frisco, Texas.

"Once you're on the field and you hear the national anthem playing, the pride and the adrenalin are definitely flowing and you realize you are representing your country, and hopefully I will be able to experience it again."

The first task for the blond defender is to give his all in the last stretch of a promotion push which looked a tall order at the start of 2007, when the Owls registered two ties and seven losses in their first nine games.

"It is not just down to that," Simek admitted. "It is down to a couple of things, but last season we struggled and this time we have really pushed on. If we don't get in the playoffs this year, then next year it is something that is definitely doable."

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