Ronnie Wallwork is so flattered by Barnsley's interest in his recovery from seven stab wounds that he has expressed a desire to play for the club again.
The West Bromwich Albion midfield player was two matches into a loan spell with Barnsley when he was attacked in a Manchester nightclub this month. Although he expects to make a full recovery he is uncertain of his future at The Hawthorns.
Tony Mowbray, the Albion manager, appears to be building a squad that does not include Wallwork. If that proves to be the case, Barnsley will be willing recipients.
For now, however, Wallwork is more interested in overcoming the injuries that, at one time, looked serious enough to put his career under threat.
"I would play for Barnsley again in a heartbeat," Wallwork said last night. "I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and we did really well.
"The supporters and their messages have been overwhelming, especially when you think I played only two matches for the club. Barnsley is a special place and I would like to thank everybody.
"At the moment I'm just concentrating on recovering. I have another hospital visit in a month and we will take it from there."
Mowbray says it is too early to discuss what the immediate future is for Wallwork.
"I have not spoken to him this week," Mowbray said. "I last spoke to him in the run-up to the Barnsley match. He is recovering and letting his wounds heal. He is taking it easy and we will see how the next few weeks go.
"I am not a medical man, so I cannot say anything about his prospects of playing, but I am sure that time will heal everything."
But if Wallwork is ruling out the possibility of a return to the Albion squad, he should consider the tale of Jason Koumas. From being persona non grata last summer, when he did not want to play for Albion, Koumas has turned himself into one of the club's most important players.
Only now is he close to his best form, mainly because he did not train properly in the summer, but he expects his improvement to continue.
"I don't think the Albion fans have seen the best of Jason Koumas," he said. "I'm doing all right at the moment and I'm happy with my form because I've been scoring a few goals and creating them.
"But I'm my own biggest critic and I want to get better and better. I'm sure as this season goes on I will get stronger. I want to become as good as I can be. I know there is a lot more to come.
"I'm working hard on the training pitch to try to achieve that. Hopefully that will show in the weeks to come because I want to do well.
"I got my first goal the week after I hit the woodwork twice against Norwich and I admit not scoring was playing on my mind big time because I do like to score goals.
"I know I'm on a little run, which is great for me because I'm confident going into games now that I am going to get goals. For me it is about creating goals as well and at the moment that is going OK, too."