SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Patient Owls look to fill gaps

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday will keep up a patient search for further signings in the wake of the departures for Rob Jones and Ryan Lowe.

Striker Lowe signed a two-year deal at MK Dons last night - a day after skipper Jones left for Doncaster.

Neither the Owls nor the Dons have disclosed the fee for Lowe, who cost £100,000 from Bury a year ago, but it is thought to be around £75,000.

Wednesday boss Dave Jones said: “We wish Ryan all the best. The club moves on. Rob has gone as well, and I always said there would be casualties from last season’s squad.

“We are looking at other things. We’re working on our options. It’s about patience now more than anything.”

There could well be further departures as Jones rebuilds the squad and strives to bring in around five more signings.

Midfielder Gorka Larrea, from Spanish club Numancia, is spending this week training with the club but it is not thought likely that the Owls will be signing him.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson said of Lowe: “He’s a prolific striker with a great pedigree. We’re very pleased to have got him.”

Lowe said he was leaving a “great club” because his chances of playing there were probably limited and he wanted to work hard rather than just pick up his money.

Having gone up with Bury then with Wednesday, he hopes to make it a hat-trick with Dons, who lost to Huddersfield in last season’s play-off semi-finals.

The Owls’ released right-back, Jon Otsemobor, signed for Dons recently.

Lowe added: “There are not many clubs that I would have left Sheffield Wednesday for.

A largely youthful Wednesday side lost 4-1 away to more experienced Evo-Stik Premier League outfit Buxton last night, the goal coming via a Matt Fletcher penalty.