Owls get a taste of the Real thing

That's my ball: Gary Megson
That's my ball: Gary Megson
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IF IT works for Real Madrid then it should be good enough for Sheffield Wednesday.

The Spanish giants are regular pre-season visitors to the same area of Austria where the Owls are spending a week’s training.

Working hard: fitness coach Carl Wells, left, leads Daniel Jones, Clinton Morrison, Julian Bennett, James O'Connor, Liam Palmer, David Prutton, Reda Johnson, Rob Jones and the rest of the Owls squad as they undergo pre-season training in the heat of Bad Aussee, Austria

Working hard: fitness coach Carl Wells, left, leads Daniel Jones, Clinton Morrison, Julian Bennett, James O'Connor, Liam Palmer, David Prutton, Reda Johnson, Rob Jones and the rest of the Owls squad as they undergo pre-season training in the heat of Bad Aussee, Austria

Currently, Premier League clubs Blackburn and Stoke plus German outfit Schalke are based in the same region.

There are plush hotels and good sports facilities in the valleys that snake around the area, amid woods, mountains and lakes.

Bad Aussee, where Wednesday are staying, is just over 2,000ft above sea level yet is dwarfed by towering peaks.

Although players might have thought that the weather would be cool, temperatures have been in the 80s.

Players are training twice a day and will play Russian team Volga Novgorod next Tuesday on the evening before they return home - with the object of the whole exercise being to improve basic fitness.

The first senior friendly on home soil will be at Worksop Town a week on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

Admission will cost £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. Each adult can take two youngsters free of charge.

Meanwhile, former Wednesday captain Tommy Miller has signed a one-year contract with Huddersfield Town.

He was released this summer at the end of his Owls deal but was confident that he could do a job in League One or the Championship, and turned down approaches from League Two club Bradford City and non-League outfit Gateshead.

Huddersfield manager Lee Clark said: “He scored 11 goals last season without playing in every game so we know he offers us that, but the experience he brings to the midfield department is equally as important.

”We have signed some exciting young players but we need the experience that Damien Johnson and latterly Kevin Kilbane offered us last season too, and he fits that bill perfectly.”