MARK Beevers is bidding to take Dave Jones’s eye for the second time around.
The Wednesday manager was interested in signing the defender when he was manager of Cardiff.
At that time Beevers was in the Owls team and had been on many clubs’ radar since he broke into the side as a teenager.
But he fell out of favour near the end of Alan Irvine’s reign, played few games under Gary Megson, and went on loan this season to MK Dons.
The 22-year-old’s place on the bench for last Saturday’s 1-0 win at Leyton Orient represented his first senior duty since Jones took over and came after Miguel Llera was promoted to the team because Danny Batth was injured.
But like any member of the squad, Beevers is coming under scrutiny from the new manager, and Jones feels that the he is capable of giving fresh impetus to his career.
“I looked at Mark 18 months ago but the club wouldn’t sell him,” said Jones, who brackets Beevers with other members of his squad.
“Now I’m here, the aim is to get the best out of all the players, and I can’t fault any of them - they have been magnificent.”
Jones promised a clean slate for all the players after he took over from Megson, and showed that he can be receptive to changes when he brought Chris O’Grady, Jermaine Johnson and Reda Johnson into the starting line-up at Leyton Orient.
The Wednesday chief has also made it clear that Clinton Morrison was not forced out when last week he joined Brentford on loan for the rest of the season.
“Clinton was given the opportunity but if he’d wanted to stay he would have stayed and I would have been quite happy with that,” said Jones. “The more players you have around you, the more it keeps things together. Clinton wanted to play football.”
The striker will have seen little chance of him breaking into the side, after the loan signing of Nile Ranger and with Gary Madine, Ryan Lowe and Chris O’Grady competing for places.
Morrison said: “The manager wanted me to stay, but I want to play football and don’t want to be sitting on the bench or in the stands.
As soon as the opportunity came to come here (to Brentford) and play football, I was never going to turn it down.”
With his Owls contract ending this summer, he admits: “I’m basically on a free transfer at the end of the season.”
He is keeping an open mind about what happens after that.