Sheffield Wednesday: Gray’s waiting game

Glenn Loovens and the Owls' other three out-of-contract men have indicated they want to stay
Glenn Loovens and the Owls' other three out-of-contract men have indicated they want to stay
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Stuart Gray has revealed that every day he is receiving many calls from agents who are seeking employment for their clients.

But the Owls boss has his own ideas about the players that he wants to bring in.

He has also indicated that some of his planning will be dictated by the decisions of his out-of-contract men, Chris Kirkland, Jose Semedo, Glenn Loovens and Oguchi Onyewu.

Gray is preparing for two possible scenarios: “You’ve got to work on the basis of all four will re-sign or they won’t. You’ve got to make sure you’ve got all the bases covered.

“My phone rings about 20 times every day from agents offering players. We’ve identified which players we want to bring in. We are a bit thin on the ground regarding our squad. We need to add that competition.”

It is a traditionally quiet time in the market, with players’ contracts with their clubs not running out until June 30, and many players and managers on holiday.

There has been no suggestion that any of the Wednesday out-of-contract are pushing to leave. Gray says: “They have all indicated they want to stay. We would love it to be done and dusted but it doesn’t work like that.

“Every other Championship club will be in exactly the same position as us. Managers want all their pieces in place but it probably won’t happen for a few weeks yet.”

Gray is looking to strengthen in all positions.

Meanwhile, two of the goals notched by the Owls in their FA Youth Cup run have been nominated in a Goal of the Season competition.

Jack Stobbs and Jack Taylor were the scorers.