Sheffield Wednesday: Jones to let players go

Joe Mattock could be one of the  players facing an uncertain future
Joe Mattock could be one of the players facing an uncertain future
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Dave Jones has pledged that Wednesday players who could be heading towards the exit door will be treated with respect.

The Owls manager has confirmed that he intends to let some players go as well as bring others in.

But he does not regard anyone as being out in the cold and points to the examples of Giles Coke and David Prutton, who must have feared for their Hillsborough futures but forced a rethink because of their performances and earned contract offers.

“My priority is to get the players ready for the start of the season and make sure we get the right players in and the right players out.“ he said. “In the next few weeks it’s going to be manic because now it really starts.”

He says “not that many” players will go - “but I will be looking at getting people out, as otherwise we’ll be overloaded in certain areas and it enables me to bring in those players I am targeting.

“But the players here are our players and will be treated with the respect they deserve.

“If moves for any of them don’t materialise, they’re still under contract to us. And look what happened with Cokey and Pruts:

“We let them out on loan and were looking to offload them; all of a sudden they got an opportunity here, and they staked their claim.

“That’s because they kept themselves mentally and physically fit.”

So Jones does not seem to be dismissing anyone’s chance of forcing their way back into his plans.

He also did not name any players who could be earmarked for departure, but inevitably speculation will linger around those who played relatively little part in the second half of last season, for example Jose Semedo, Chris Maguire, Joe Mattock and Chris Lines.

However, Jones did not want to lose No 2 keeper Stephen Bywater to Millwall: “Stephen thought he had a better opportunity of first-team football there than he would have had here, in view of what Chris Kirkland did last season, and I understood that.

“Millwall came in at the 11th hour. He thought about it. It wasn’t about money. Stephen has gone with my best wishes; I have a lot of time for him.”

Another player who has departed, right back Hayden White, has been enthusing about his move to Bolton - but has also thanked the Owls.

The 18-year-old said: “It was a huge decision to join Bolton but one I am very happy I have made.

“Pre-season to me is where you get your chance to make your mark and show everyone what you can do. It’s up to me if I get that chance to take it and I am determined to do that here.”

White said of Wednesday: “I have to thank them for where I am now. But it’s my time now and I am ready to push on for the first team.”

A compensation package was agreed between the clubs and is thought to be worth around £100,000 to Wednesday. Dave Jones said: “We got as much as we possibly could in compensation, and there are add-ons.

“For somebody who was only at the club for 18 months, it’s a good deal. We’re sad to lose him, We did everything in our power to keep him, but the boy, his family and his agent decided Bolton would be a better option for him. I wish him all the best.”

The Owls’ new away shirts are to be sponsored by Bartercard, an exchange network through which companies trade goods and sevices.