SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls fans back bid to sign ace Michail Antonio

Portuguese reunion: Michail Antonio chats to Jermaine Johnson
Portuguese reunion: Michail Antonio chats to Jermaine Johnson
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AS Michail Antonio ponders his future, Wednesday fans have left him and the Owls in no doubt how much they would like to see him back at Hillsborough.

Supporters who attended the friendly against Reading in Portugal formed a reception committee.

They chanted “sign him up” when he left the Royals team coach before the game.

The message was repeated during the match, and fans called on him to give them a wave when he was on the bench during the first half. Antonio responded - another sign of his affection towards the fans who were thrilled by his displays during last season’s promotion run-in.

Last season’s loan star also took the opportunity to chat to his former Wednesday team-mates before the game.

There seems little doubt that the entire Owls fan base would welcome back the exciting winger and will be hoping that this time the club get their man - after the disappointment of missing out on another big loan hit, Ben Marshall, last season when he signed for Leicester.

Wednesday are now back from Portugal but Reading are still there as they play Olhanense tomorrow.

The Portuguese side’s midfield man Paulo Regula was close to a Hillsborough move recently but the Owls are understood to have dropped their interest as they chased other targets.

The next date for the club is the friendly at Doncaster on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

But the squad will also be paying a visit to the community event in Hillsborough Park on Sunday, which runs from 11am to 5.30pm and is free.

Wednesday hope that the fun day will be even better attended than last season’s open day at Hillsborough, which attracted almost 5,000.

It will be a chance for supporters to meet Dave Jones’s summer signings, get their new home and away shirts autographed, and pose for photographs with players.

The club’s community programme are bringing along their inflatable pitch to hold a penalty shoot-out, a speed gun competition and football demonstrations.

Other attractions include face painters, a dance troupe, real owls, a funfair, community stalls, car show, live music, food outlets and a licensed bar.

The Star’s promotions team will be in attendance. Call and see them to get a free lollipop when you buy a copy of The Star or the Green ‘Un.