Sheffield Wednesday: Owls young gun eyeing award after derby strike

Owls contender:  Young Jarrod Kyle has three rivals for a Goal of the Month award.

Owls contender: Young Jarrod Kyle has three rivals for a Goal of the Month award.

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday’s season may be over but the club could add to their accolades as the spotlight returns to a mini-derby win against United.

Owls striker Jarrod Kyle scored a stunning goal in a 3-0 victory against the Blades at Middlewood last month.

He regards that game as his personal highlight of the Under 18s’ season.

Now his goal has also put him in the running for a national Goal of the Month award.

He controlled a pass from the halfway line, turned, ran forward and slammed a shot into the top corner from 30 yards. Kyle, the Owls’ Academy Player of the Year, is one of four contenders for the award run by League Football Education,

who administer the educational programme of Football League apprentices.

Teammate Tom Rowbotham won the March award for a fine strike in a 5-2 win against Middlesbrough.

Voting for the April title is open until noon on Wednesday, on the LFE website, www.lfe.org.uk, where Kyle’s goal can be seen, along with the other contenders, from Accrington Stanley pair Daniel Griffiths and Aaron Williams and QPR’s Seedy Njie.

LFE’s chief executive is Alan Sykes, the former Owls chief executive.

He said: “This competition is a great advert for the work being conducted by Football League clubs to develop talented young players. It has already proved incredibly popular and continues to go from strength to strength.”

Dave Jones won the League One Manager of the Month awards for March and April, and Miguel Llera was the Player of the Month for April.

Meanwhile,

the Owls have added an away friendly against Doncaster on Saturday, July 28, 3pm, to their summer programme,

They had already arranged a Hillsborough clash with West Brom for Saturday, August 4, 3pm.

The squad will be split for games against Sheffield FC and Stocksbridge on July 17, 7.30pm, on the night before departure for a week’s work in Portugal.

Opposition for two games in Portugal has still yet to be announced.

Wednesday will also hold a community day in Hillsborough Park on Saturday, July 14, at which next season’s away kit will be launched.

With season tickets continuing to sell well, ticket office manager Alastair Wilson said the feedback from fans about the prices had been “extremely positive” and this had been reflected in a “really encouraging” first week of sales since the box office reopened.

Former Wednesday assistant manager Kevin Summerfield has left Tranmere to become No 2 to new Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett.

Summerfield was Paul Sturrock’s assistant at Hillsborough and has spent two years at Tranmere.

As Bolton get set to join the Owls in the Championship, their Sheffield-born striker Kevin Davies has signed a new one-year contract.

But 12 players are being released as Wanderers look to halve their wage bill and cope with a £30 million drop in income.

Chairman Phil Gartside wants input from the club’s academy.

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