Sheffield Wednesday: McKenzie can’t wait for Owls reunion

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Young defender Taylor McKenzie is relishing the prospect of lining up against his former club in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

Sheffield Wednesday and Notts County were paired together in the competition yesterday. The tie will take place at Hillsborough in the week commencing August 11.

It was nearly a month ago McKenzie left the Owls and penned a two-year deal with County.

McKenzie joined Wednesday in 2012 following a successful trial spell, having been released by Norwich City. He went on to spend time on loan with Conference North club Gainsborough Trinity but the 19-year-old failed to make a single first-team appearance in Owls colours.

McKenzie, an unused substitute for the club’s FA Cup replay against Macclesfield in January, tweeted: “I’m loving the first round in the Capital One Cup. Can’t wait for the season to start now.”

Wednesday, beaten by South Yorkshire neighbours Rotherham United in the opening round of the tournament last season, will fancy their chances of progressing, having won six out of their last eight meetings with County.

Striker Gary Madine has registered in the last two tussles between the Owls and County, with Wednesday securing 2-1 victories home and away.

County, managed by Shaun Derry, finished 20th in the League One standings as they narrowly avoided relegation following a superb run in the second half of the campaign.