WEDNESDAY will have a better chance of keeping Jermaine Johnson if they win promotion, says Dave Jones.
If they fail then there is a danger of him being lured away by a Championship club, believes the Owls boss.
Johnson wants to stay and is out to earn a new contract as his current one gets set to expire this summer.
But Jones knows that the winger could be tempted to go elsewhere if the Owls are outbid.
The Wednesday manager said: “It’s great when players want to sign or re-sign for you.
“JJ is in a good position. He’s out of contract at the end of the season; if he plays as well as he is doing then others will look at him; we’ll have a problem trying to keep him. It’s all part and parcel of the game.
“I’ve never had any qualms about any player wanting to see out his contract, or whatever, because I’ve been a player myself. As long as we give him the best opportunity and make him feel good ... we can only offer him what we can offer him.
“If he gets a better deal somewhere else then of course he’s going to go.
“But as long as he’s here, he gives everything he’s got. He’s playing for a contract, and he knows that as much as anybody.
“That’s why it’s always good because you’ve another player who’s not just wanting to prove he can play in the team: he is also playing for a contract and maybe a bigger one somewhere else, or whatever.
“As long as he’s performing to the best of his ability, that’s all you ever want.
“How do you keep him? By getting out of this division. Then you have more chance of keeping him than someone else coming from the next league and trying to pinch him.”
n Assistant manager Chris Evans has left the club by mutual consent.
n Owls: P43