MARK Beevers has the potential to be in the £1 million class, believes Gary Megson.
The Owls turned down a bid from Barnsley - believed to have been around £200,000 - after the Reds sold centre-half Jason Shackell to Derby for £1m.
Megson thinks that Beevers, aged 21, can go on to match the ability of the 26-year-old who captained the Oakwell outfit in the Championship.
“Mark is part of the plans here,” said Megson. “He’s a good young player. He was starting to show something like what he can do, before he was injured.
”There was a bid from Barnsley. We turned it down. I think he has the potential to be as good as the defender they sold for £1m.”
Beevers is back in contention after suffering a cheekbone fracture in the home game against Peterborough in March and missing the last 11 games of last season.
Former Owls skipper Tommy Miller is another player looking for a fresh start. After joining Huddersfield on a one-year contract, he is the squad for an away friendly today against Gateshead, another of the clubs who wanted him. and says he wants to earn a longer deal.
Miller, who was released by Wednesday, said: “ “A few clubs showed an interest, but when Huddersfield came in it really caught my eye.
“I’m coming here on a one-year contract but I want to earn a longer deal. For now I’m just looking forward to the start of the season.
“I played against Huddersfield last season. They play good football and are set up to move to a higher level. They were very unlucky not to get promoted and I want to be a part of the team going one better this season.”
Midfielder Patrick Lacey, aged 18, an academy graduate who was released by the Owls, has joined League Two outfit Bradford on a one-year contract.
Bantams boss Peter Jackson said: “My coaching staff and I think Sheffield Wednesday have made a bit of a mistake letting him go.
“He had offers to go to other clubs.
“But he was with us for a few days last season and seemed to enjoy it, and I think that swayed it in our favour.”