High hopes for Lowe

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Gary Megson is backing Ryan Lowe to be a hit with Hillsborough fans after his beat-the-deadline move from Bury.

The Owls are understood to have paid around £100,000 for the 32-year-old prolific marksman who has signed a two-year contract. Sheffield Wednesday have also taken Slovenian centre-half David Kasnik on loan until January from Olimpija Ljubljana. Lowe arrives after the club have spent all summer seeking another striker, in addition to recent arrival Chris O’Grady.

Megson, pleased to land the man who has scored 49 league goals in two years, said: “He is delighted to be here and our supporters will love him for his work rate, effort and personality. Hopefully he can get the goals. He has a great desire to do well and though he is nearly 33 he talks with a 16-year-old’s enthusiasm. He is one of the most impressive players I have ever spoken to when bringing them to a club.”

Megson admits he knows little about Kasnik. The manager said: “He is from the same part of the world that Milan (Mandaric) is from and Milan has heard all about him. I said to Milan it’s his club and his money, so as long as it doesn’t impact on anything I want to do, fine. We can take a look at David. Milan thinks its right to bring him in. We’ll trust the chairman’s judgement.”

Megson defended his decision to take off three first-teamers within the first 17 minutes of last night’s Johnstone Paint Trophy defeat at Bradford, saying he had eight players unavailable. “I had to do what was best for the club,” he said.