‘Right’ man for Megson

Debut chance: Mike Jones is likely to face the Addicks
Debut chance: Mike Jones is likely to face the Addicks
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NEW boy Mike Jones looks set to make his debut against Charlton at Hillsborough tomorrow - as the Owls keep up their hunt for new signings to help them challenge the Addicks’ League One dominance.

Jones is a strong contender for the right-wing spot left vacant by the return to Newcastle of James Tavernier after his loan ended.

The Owls are also continuing to make contingency plans in case they are unable to re-sign Ben Marshall, though they have not given up hope of landing the Stoke left winger.

That may not be the end of the activity in January, a month that has already seen them sign centre-half Miguel Llera, keeper Stephen Bywater and now Jones.

The 6ft winger has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal; the fee has not been disclosed but Wednesday are believed to be paying around £100,000 after triggering a release clause in his contract, which was due to end this summer.

Wednesday paid a similar amount for his teammate, Ryan Lowe, in August.

Jones, aged 24, has been playing on either side of a central striker with Bury using a 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 system recently, but he is mainly a right-sided player.

He figured in the Owls’ 2-1 early-season defeat at Gigg Lane and is believed to have been in a dossier of potential targets compiled by Gary Megson and his assistant, Chris Evans.

The return of Lewis Buxton to full training yesterday is another boost for the club, following swiftly on that provided by Gary Madine.

Megson

says it is

too early for the right-back to be involved tomorrow; whether or not Madine plays any part - most likely on the bench at most - will depend partly on whether the striker feels he is ready.

Sanchez Watt, borrowed from Arsenal when Madine was injured, is in contention for a farewell game after being ineligible for the FA Cup. His loan ends on Monday.