Sheffield Wednesday: Nejc Pecnik time for Owls boss Dave Jones

Premier class: Michail Antonio  could be part of Royals plans
Premier class: Michail Antonio could be part of Royals plans
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday players old and new will be waiting for them when they begin their pre-season tour of Portugal tomorrow.

Yesterday the Owls announced the signing of Slovenia international midfielder Nejc Pecnik on a two-year deal subject to international clearance. The 26-year-old, who has 15 caps for his country, can play on either wing or up front. He began his career with hometown club NK Dravograd before moving to Slovenian top-flight side NK Celje.

He was Celje’s leading marksman during the 2007-08 campaign with 14 league goals and moved to Czech outfit Sparta Prague on loan the following summer.

The wideman returned to Celje before joining Portugese side CD Nacional in the spring of 2009.

After a successful trial with Wednesday, manager Dave Jones was quick to secure his services.

Pecnik has returned to Portugal and will join the rest of the squad when they begin their seven-day training camp tomorrow.

Owls chief Jones was pleased with his new player. He said: “This is a good signing for us. Nejc came over for a trial and we liked what we saw.

“He is a versatile lad, he has experience and is an international player. I’m looking forward to working with him.”

The move for Pecnik doesn’t disrupt the chase for Reading winger Michail Antonio. However, a quick return to Hillsborough after a loan spell in S6 at the end of last season may not happen as speedily as first thought.

Antonio has already declared his intention to fight for his place at the Premier League new boys. And with the Royals not having to name their 25-man squad until after the transfer window ends on September 1, their manager Brian McDermott may choose to take a longer look at the 22-year-old.

After scoring once in Reading’s 7-0 win over Wimbledon at the weekend, Antonio will face Wednesday in Portugal on July 24.

Of course a deal may conclude if Reading decide Antonio’s future lies away from the Madejski Stadium.

Meanwhile Academy manager Sean McAuley has left the Owls to join American MLS club Portland Timbers.

n Last night midfielder Liam Palmer confirmed he is moving on loan to Tranmere until January.