SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Final chance for Marlon Harewood

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MARLON Harewood looks set for what could be his last chance to stake a claim for a Sheffield Wednesday contract.

A decision on the trialist is expected within the next few days and he will be in the squad for tomorrow’s friendly against West Brom at Hillsborough (3pm).

The striker is likely to play for some part of the game and it may be a final opportunity for him to try to impress Dave Jones.

Harewood played for the first half of the 0-0 draw at Doncaster last Saturday - in which he missed a couple of chances - and made way for Chris O’Grady at half-time.

Manager Jones is in the market for two more strikers - with Nile Ranger remaining among his targets - and was already working on options even before Ryan Lowe was sold to MK Dons on Wednesday.

The strike department is now down to three under-contract players: Gary Madine, O’Grady and new signing Chris Maguire.

Old boy Chris Brunt’s fears that he would miss tomorrow’s match because of a calf injury have been confirmed.

Brunt, who scored in a 4-0 win when West Brom last visited Hillsborough, in November, 2009, said: “Ever since the fixture was announced, I’ve been excited about going back.

“The last time I was there I got a good reception.

“It’s not worth taking a risk because it could set me back more. I’ll probably go up to the game anyway. I haven’t been back for a while; it will give me chance to head up there.

“I really enjoyed my time there and I made some good friends.

“There are still friends of mine playing and working for Wednesday and it will be nice to see them as well.

“They gave me a chance to play first-team football and I’ll always be grateful to them.”