Sheffield Wednesday: JJ wants to stay in England

Jermaine Johnson scores in the 4-1 FA Cup replay win against Macclesfield
Jermaine Johnson scores in the 4-1 FA Cup replay win against Macclesfield
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Jermaine Johnson is keeping his options open as he looks for another club after being released by the Owls.

He has also made it clear that he would prefer to stay in England rather than go back home to Jamaica.

The winger will be 34 next month but believes that he still has a lot to offer.

He has received many goodwill messages from Wednesday fans after serving the club for seven years and has made his own fond farewell: “My time at Sheffield Wednesday has been one of the best times I have had in football and I really enjoyed it there. I have to thank the fans for all their support.

“I believe there has been some interest from a few clubs about signing me, but I will leave that all up to my agent. I want to stay in England as I love playing here and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will soon fix myself up with a new club.”

His previous English clubs were Bolton, Oldham and Bradford. The Hillsborough writing was on the wall for him when he was given only five starts this season, the last against Bournemouth in December.

But he said: “I still feel I have a lot to offer and I feel as fit as I have ever been. I want to play at the highest level possible and I will now see what offers come my way before making a decision.”

David Prutton, another released Owls player who will consider his options, has spoken frankly about the possibility that a player moving on will have to accept a pay cut: “As you move up and down the football pyramid, you have got to be realistic and true to yourself.

“You can’t hold people to ransom; things have changed so much over the last 10 years and sometimes you see players who come in on trial in pre-season and you think ‘blimey, he’s played here, there and everywhere at bigger clubs.’

“There’s a fine balance between ‘beggars can’t be choosers’ and doing right by yourself and your family.”