Reda bidding to impress new boss

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REDA Johnson is gearing up to try to earn a Sheffield Wednesday place under Dave Jones for the first time.

The defender was injured at the time the new manager was appointed and did not figure in the games against Rochdale, Bury and Bournemouth.

But he is set to join in full training tomorrow and the Owls will be watching to see how he fares.

Most of the other players have had a full opportunity to try to impress Jones and now Johnson will be keen to make his mark.

He injured his hamstring while playing for Benin against Ethiopia just before the Owls’ game at Rochdale.

Under Gary Megson he was an important member of the side; he has scored six goals and is a threat at se- pieces.

But Julian Bennett has taken over at left-back and has attempted to stake a claim of his own.

Bennett was involved in the goal that put the team two up against Bournemouth last Saturday, with his challenge from a corner resulting in an own goal by Miles Addison.

If Johnson is deemed ready for Saturday’s game at Notts County, boss Jones would still have to ponder whether or not to change a winning side, with the Owls having beaten Bury and Bournemouth.

Meanwhile, Sheffield-born ex-Owls captain and full back Keith Bannister has died at the age of 89.

He skippered the side that won the old Second Division championship in 1952 and he played 78 games, between 1946 and 1952. Bannister went on to serve as a coach, scout and manager of the sports hall and training ground, and retired in 1989.