SHEFFIELD Wednesday won 4-1 at Kilmarnock tonight, trialist Marlon Harewood bagging a hat-trick.
His display and late goal burst will do his case for a deal at S6 the power of good.
Manager Dave Jones had earlier sprang a surprise by naming a Belgian trialist in his starting line-up in tonight’s 3-1 friendly win at Kilmarnock.
He is Gill Swerts, a 30-year-old defender who has been playing for Dutch club Feyenoord and has 19 Belgium caps, earned between 2006 and 2009.
He has also played for Exelsior Rotterdam, Den Haag, AZ Alkmaar and Vitesse Arnhem.
Other trialists Gorka Larrea, from Spain, and Marek Jarolim, from the Czech Republic, made full debuts after the midfield duo were also in the squad for last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom.
Academy keeper Cameron Dawson was on the bench tonight.
Former Real Madrid youth player Borja Perez, 30, was in Kilmarnock’s side in the game, which doubled as James Fowler’s testimonial at Rugby Park.
But it was the visitors who went ahead, with Marlon Harewood, the 32-year-old trialist striker converting low, from 15 yards.
It was fitting reward for some incisive work from him and Chris O’Grady in the early exchanges.
And Dave Jones men doubled the advantage when O’Grady volleyed home following work by David Prutton.
HALF TIME Killie 0 Owls 2
The second half started more brightly for the Scots, and a slip up by Stephen Bywater allowed the home side back into it.
But Harewood, attempting to win at contract at Hillsborough, scored to make it 3-1.
And at the death he wrapped things up with his hat-trick.
OWLS: Bywater, Buxton, Swerts, Beevers, Mattock, M Jones, Prutton, Jarolim, Larrea, O’Grady, Harewood.
Subs: Amado, Dawson, Coke, Lee, Antonio.
KILMARNOCK: Bell, Tesselaar, Fowler, O’Leary, Nelson, Kelly, Dayton, Perez, Boulding, Pascal, Kennedy.
Subs: Letheren, Racchi, Gros, Harkins, Johnson, Fisher, McKeown, McKenzie, Pursehouse.
Attendance: 2064 attendance, of which 339 away fans.
*Read Paul Thompson’s Scottish verdict in Thursday’s Star.