DAVE Jones wants Wednesday winger Jermaine Johnson to “push on” next season.
The Jamaican international, 32, agreed a new one-year contract a week ago to extend his five-year stay at Hillsborough.
Now Owls manager Jones, who hopes to confirm the capture of attacking midfielder Nejc Pecnik before the club head to Portugal on Wednesday, is desperate for the speedy winger to produce a better end product in the final third.
Jones told The Star: “I am hoping JJ will push on. I think sometimes when you have been at a football club for a long time you can go stale or you can step up to the plate when a new manager comes in and we hope JJ will do that.
“We are really pleased he has signed a new deal. He has been here a long time so people know him well.
“Hopefully we can get a little bit more out of him. If we didn’t believe we could get more out of him, we would have got rid of him. I do believe there is more to come from JJ and he should expect more to come from himself. Consistency is something every sportsman looks for. JJ is an impact player. They will be up and down sometimes.”
It is no secret Jones is scouring the transfer market for a new winger. The Wednesday chief is looking to capture Michail Antonio, who was a revelation on loan at the club last season, on a permanent basis from Reading.
But Jones has re-assured Johnson he will be given a chance to prove his worth.
He said: “JJ will have a big part to play at this football club, as he has done for many years.”
Over a hectic off-season, Jones has brought in half of his targeted 12 more additions. The Star understands Wednesday are close to signing Slovenian ace Pecnik after a trial from Portuguese side Nacional.