Sheffield Wednesday: Kelhar signs as Owls put finishing touches to defence

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Dejan Kelhar is the final piece in Sheffield Wednesday’s centre-half jigsaw.

The Championship outfit completed the signing of the Slovenian international on a short-term contract, subject to international clearance, yesterday.

The 30-year-old, capped six times by his country, impressed during a trial spell at Hillsborough, featuring in their pre-season friendlies against FC Arsenal Tula, Doncaster Rovers and Newcastle United.

Kelhar, a title winner with Red Star Belgrade in Serbia’s Super Liga last season, becomes Wednesday’s fourth summer signing, following in the footsteps of Keiren Westwood, Sam Hutchinson and Tom Lees.

His arrival means the Owls now have four senior centre-backs on their books. He will be vying for a first-team sport with Glenn Loovens, Kamil Zayatte and Lees.

Kelhar, who will wear shir number 44, said: “I have a lot of experience across Europe playing in Israel, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Serbia and Slovenia but never England.

“I have spoken to players who tell me great things about English football so I am really excited with this move.

“I have been with the team over the summer, I have played in games and I am pleased that the coach has seen enough in me to offer me a contract.”

Having secured the services of Kelhar, Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray plans to strengthen other areas of his team. St Johnstone striker Stevie May is thought to be top of the club’s priority list.