Owls winger’s new lease of life under Jones

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MIKE Jones is relishing the chance to aid the Owls’ promotion campaign after having his Hillsborough career lifted by Dave Jones.

The winger was signed by Gary Megson for £75,000 in January and made two starts straightaway but was then left out out of the side until the new manager recalled him.

Now it is a case of sheer enjoyment for the wide man who has played a part in 4-1 and 3-0 wins against Bury and Bournemouth and admits that his spell on the sidelines was frustrating.

“You can’t beat being in the team and winning games,” said Jones, who feels the Owls’ shift away from a more direct style of play suits his game.

“Obviously the new manager likes us to play football and pass it. When he put me in, I was made up. This will suit my game a bit more. I’m just enjoying it.”

He made his Wednesday debut against leaders Charlton but there were some games where he was not even on the bench under Megson.

“I got thrown it; then came back out of the team, was even sitting in the stand. There’s nothing more frustrating than not playing. You’re paid to play,” he said. “You don’t argue; you just keep on training hard and try to get back in as soon as possible.

“The new manager has told us to play a bit more, pass it more, enjoy having the football more but not be silly about it.

“He’s told us to add to what we were all doing. The lads have been brilliant all season; he’s not changed too much; he’s added a few little bits.

“The lads are enjoying it. There’s no better feeling than passing the ball around, creating chances and scoring.

“We’ve had two great back-to-back wins; we made a great start [against Bournemouth] then probably got a bit sloppy.

“Fans probably expected us to get four, five, six; sometimes it doesn’t work like that.”

The Owls are giving a two-day trial to Steve Tames, a 20-year-old striker from Evo-Stik League Prescot Cables, who has been targeted by Conference outfit Southport.