SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls bide time over Jason Koumas

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday remain in no hurry to offer trialist Jason Koumas a contract, says manager Dave Jones.

Experienced midfielder Koumas started training with the Championship newcomers almost a fortnight ago.

The Welsh international, who turns 33 later this month, has been without a club since leaving Wigan Athletic over a year ago. In March, Jones revealed Koumas was due to work out with the club but the plan was later ditched because the player had other commitments.

Koumas was pencilled in to take part in Wednesday’s pre-season programme but a foot problem delayed his involvement. The former Tranmere Rovers trainee is now working closely with Owls fitness coach Alex Armstrong as he looks to improve his fitness levels but Jones concedes he is playing “catch up” on the rest of the squad.

“Jason is looking all right,” Jones told The Star. “He played 80 minutes in a behind-closed-doors match on Tuesday. He is getting fitter and better all the time.”

But the Wednesday chief stressed: “Jason is not one of our players. We are helping Jason out but it gives us an opportunity to have a look at him. We are just getting him fit and we will assess it day by day with him.”

Koumas featured in the Owls practice match this week along with free agent James Beattie and an unnamed centre-back trialist. New signing Jay Bothroyd was given a run-out and scored while versatile defender Joe Mattock, who has shaken off a knee problem, also played.

“Anybody who has missed pre-season is playing catch-up,” admitted Jones. “We are focusing on our team, but, in the meantime, we are helping Jason get fit and looking at one or two others to see if they will be any good to us. We will continue to do that throughout the season.”