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Staying on: Jermaine Johnson has signed a one-year contract at Hillsborough
Staying on: Jermaine Johnson has signed a one-year contract at Hillsborough
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jermaine Johnson’s signing of a new contract has been hailed by former Sheffield Wednesday idol Terry Curran - who was himself a flying winger.

Curran believes that the Owls’ ability to keep Johnson and his willingess to stay augur well for a possible promotion challenge.

Owls legend: Terry Curran

Owls legend: Terry Curran

The Hillsborough ace of the late 1970s and early 1980s also believes that a strong defensive foundation will be key to the club’s chances of success.

Curran helped Jack Charlton’s side to win promotion from the old Third Division in 1980 and he hopes that Gary Megson can emulate Big Jack’s feat - aided by Johnson now that Jamaica international JJ has signed a one-year deal.

“Johnson should thrive in that League, with his pace,” said Curran, who was known as TC in his Hillsborough days.

“There are two good things: one, that Wednesday wanted to keep him; two, that he wanted to stay.

“He’s a good player and he should do well. It’s great for the club to keep players like him. The better the players you’ve got, the more chance you have of getting promotion.

“Also he’s got to avoid the sort of injury problems he’s had in the past.”

Curran is also a Wednesday fan: “If I hadn’t have been, I wouldn’t have stepped down from the old First Division [and Southampton] to play in the Third.

“Wednesday have to get the right manager and the right team to get them back to where they want to be. I hope that Gary Megson is the man for the job.

“If you keep between 16 and 20 clean sheets, you should get promotion. You need to have a strong back four and to get the foundation right

“Johnson should do well but it’s a team game; you have to get the team to play together.

“I just hope that they can do it. It’s going to be interesting, especially with United in the same division. I’ll be coming down to watch next season.”

But Curran, whose pace, flair and finishing terrorised defences in his heyday, is currently at home with his leg in pot after an operation to cure an ankle problem - a legacy from his playing days.