Sheffield Wednesday: Purse hails Loovens signing

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Darren Purse has hailed his former centre-back partner Glenn Loovens as a “great signing” for the Owls.

Loovens and ex-Wednesday skipper Purse played together in Dave Jones’ promotion-chasing Cardiff set-up.

Glenn Loovens in action for Celtic against Rennes in the Europa League

Glenn Loovens in action for Celtic against Rennes in the Europa League

A free agent after leaving Spanish club Real Zaragoza, Loovens will target the form that earned him a £2.5 million move from Cardiff to Celtic.

Loovens, who was 30 in September, also played with Roger Johnson for Cardiff and could partner him at Blackpool today, if international clearance from the Spanish FA arrives in time. The Dutchman has been training with the club. “They are two quality players,” Purse told The Star. “Glenn is a very good player and a great lad who mixed really well with the squad at Cardiff.

“He was one of the best centre halves in the Championship and had the chance of a Premier League club.

“I think he’s a top player, a top bloke and a great signing. He’s only just 30, with tons of experience.

“You don’t come into your prime as a centre-half until your late 20s or early 30s. Hopefully, Wednesday are going to see the best of him. If he’s on a short-term contract, he’s got to prove himself, and I’m sure he will. If does, it’s only going to be to the club’s benefit.

“If they can bring players of Glenn’s calibre they have every chance of moving up the table.”

Jones bought Loovens for £250,000 from Feyenoord in 2006 after having him for a year on

loan. The defender played alongside Purse then Johnson at Ninian Park. He joined Celtic in 2008, and Zaragoza in the summer of 2012 on a free.

Miguel Llera, whose contract ends next summer, could well lose his place to Loovens and has not been a regular this season, He admits: “This year for me has not been easy. I am not a first option for him (Jones), but the club pays me to train, not to play.

“I have to be professional. If I get the chance to play Saturday, I will try my best for the team, but the club is bigger than any of us.

“I need to sit down with the manager. If things don’t work out for me, we will try and get a better solution. That will be in a month’s time, though. We have a very important December, and I just want to help .”

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