Sheffield Wednesday: ‘I want to get under their skin’: Stevie

Owls new signing Stevie May in his first day's training at Middlewood Road,training ground...Pic Steve Ellis
Owls new signing Stevie May in his first day's training at Middlewood Road,training ground...Pic Steve Ellis
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His arms are covered in tattoos, including a Batman classic, and he bears more than a passing resemblance to actor Heath Ledger.

But new Sheffield Wednesday signing Stevie May is out to prove to Championship defenders that he is no Joker.

Wednesday purchased the striker from St Johnstone for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £800,000, on Saturday, with the Scotland Under-21 international choosing Stuart Gray’s side over Rotherham United. The two Championship clubs had offers accepted last week and were granted permission to speak to the player.

May, who spoke to Owls old boy and Saints teammate Steve MacLean prior to moving to Hillsborough, said: “I came up on Saturday and I went to Rotherham first to have a look around and then Wednesday. It was not a hard decision for me. I felt right at home straight away at Wednesday and I could see myself playing there.

“I spoke to a lot of people and players who have played for the club in the past.

“Wednesday are a massive club. It’s probably a Premier League club playing in the Championship.

“When I came to have a look around, I just had a feeling this was where I wanted to play. I’m looking forward to getting started and showing everyone what I can do.”

Gray revealed yesterday that Wednesday have been tracking May for six months.

“It’s always going to be hard when you’ve played for a club for such a long time but I’ve seen the bigger picture,” said May. “I want to play at the highest level.”

May is a colourful character. Asked to describe his personality, he said: “Off the cuff. If I fancy doing something, I will just do it.”

One of the tattoos on May’s arm is of a lobster eating a box of chips.

He explained: “I had a shirt that was covered in these lobsters eating chips. It is my favourite shirt. It’s something I have worn in the last couple of years. I liked to wear it on special occasions. I can’t wear it anymore as it’s lost a button or two and is a bit worse for wear now.”

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