Sheffield Wednesday: Ex-Owls star lands academy role

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Former Sheffield Wednesday defender Miguel Llera has returned to Hillsborough in a coaching capacity with the academy.

The 35-year-old, who joined Scunthorpe United in the summer after two-and-a-half-years with Wednesday, will now divide his time between playing for the Iron and helping coach the Owls’ youngsters.

Llera, who made 91 senior appearances for the Championship outfit, is spending time with the Youth Development Phase youngsters in themed practises and training.

The Spanish centre-back is a fully qualified UEFA Coach with additional coaching qualifications.

Dean Ramsdale, Wednesday’s academy manager, said: “Miguel is a quality coach, giving us further experience and knowledge in providing our academy players with the best possible coaching available.

“Just as important is the fact that he kids really respond to Miguel, he has a very natural way with them and that is a big positive for the academy.”

Scunthorpe handed Llera a one-year contract, with the option of a further year, at the end of July. Llera, who began his career in England with MK Dons in 2008 before spells with Charlton Athletic, Blackpool and Brentford, has played 11 times for Scunthorpe in all competitions.

Bury, meanwhile, have re-signed Everton youngster Hallam Hope on loan until January 3 following a successful spell last season when the striker scored five goals in eight matches. The 20-year-old returned to Goodison Park after his loan stint at Wednesday was cut short earlier last month. Hope featured four times at first-team level for the Owls, making just one start in the 3-0 loss to promotion-chasing Watford.

The England Under-19 forward is the third player to move to the JD Stadium in the past week after Rotherham United goalkeeper Scott Loach and ex-Owls youngster Hayden White.