Owls hold back from contract talks

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday are delaying player contract talks until the season ends.

The club have passed this information to the agents of those whose deals expire this summer.

Manager Gary Megson revealed: “Paul Aldridge [vice-chairman and chief executive] has told all the agents that we’re not doing anything until the final ball has been kicked.”

But the club have still broadly made plans for the future. Megson explained: “The off season is probably as important a period as any.

“Obviously when games are being played, that tends to put the focus on the team and results.

“We know what we want to do. We’re just keeping our powder dry so we don’t affect results and performances. Things have their own order: talking to players about contracts comes at the end.”

So far he is keeping the detail of his squad plans close to his chest.

Nor does not comment on links with other clubs’ players: it has been claimed that he will try to sign Leicester centre forward Steve Howard.

Megson has also yet to reveal his stance on Neil Mellor, who wants to stay after his loan ends.

On these and other issues, Megson’s attitude is: “I want to tell you what we’ve done, not what we’re trying to do.”

Gary Madine is doubtful for Saturday’s match at Bristol Rovers owing to a knee injury.

Lee Nicholls has returned to Wigan, with Latics third choice keeper Mike Pollitt injured and the Owls having Nicky Weaver back.