Owls: Tourist Giles wants to see striker return

Tough training: Giles Coke says the hard work will pay off.

Tough training: Giles Coke says the hard work will pay off.

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Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Giles Coke says morale is high in the squad despite a desperate need for new signings.

Coke was part of the group who had a training camp in Austria last week and he said it will pay dividends once the season starts.

“Austria was good. The boys worked hard with double sessions every day. Pre-seasons are meant to be hard and we need to be fit for the season. Hopefully it will benefit us,” he said.

“Spirit is very good. I think we still need to add a few players to the squad, but the players we’ve got at the moment are very good; we’ve made some great signings and we feel very confident.”

Owls manager Gary Megson has drafted two players - Jose Semedo and David Prutton - into midfield. But Coke said he’d enjoy seeing last season’s top scorer, Neil Mellor, return.

“Mells was brilliant for us last season; he scored a good few goals for us. We’d love to see him back. Whether he comes or not is not down to me,” he said.

Coke said he recent knee injury won’t keep him out much longer: “It’s coming along nicely. I should be training next week. It was just a little clear up on my knee, it’s not a big issue at all. I should be training next week, but I’m not sure I’ll make next weekend’s game. After that I’ll be looking to get some games.”

Meanwhile Rob Jones is the new Wednesday captain Gary Megson has revealed. He will wear the armband for the Owls when he returns from a neck injury.

Megson said: “He is everything you’d want in a captain. He leads by example.He’s a good honest lad, he works hard.”

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