Sheffield Wednesday: Stevie May calls on Owls to tie down Lewis McGugan

Lewis McGugan in action against Blackpool
Lewis McGugan in action against Blackpool
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Scotland international Stevie May has added his voice to the chorus of Sheffield Wednesday players who want in-form midfielder Lewis McGugan to remain at Hillsborough.

McGugan, now in his second loan spell with the Owls, has claimed three goals in his last six outings, but is poised to return to parent club Watford at the end of the season.

Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has stated his desire to capture McGugan on a permanent basis and the talented central midfielder is likely to figure near the top of his summer shopping list.

The Nottingham-born player again underlined his quality on the ball in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Fulham, whipping in a lovely left footed cross for May’s seventh goal of the campaign.

“Lewis adds a lot to the team,” May told The Star. “He has got a few goals and it was a great ball in for my goal versus Fulham. It’s about getting Lewis on the ball.

“He’s a really good player. Our pitch probably doesn’t suit Lewis and the way he plays but he’s doing a good job on it. I think if we can keep him it would be a really good sign.

“You want to have players like Lewis in your team and squad. Obviously, it is above our control whether we sign him but hopefully we will. It would be a positive if we could keep him and would give us a good platform to build on.”

Gray said the main positive he took from the Fulham encounter was that they have reached the 50-point mark. There are 12 points separating Wednesday and sixth-placed Brentford but May refuses to write off their top-six prospects.

May, who is likely to replace injured forward Will Keane at Wolves tonight, said: “The play-offs are probably out of our reach but we are not going to give up on them. You never know what can happen in football. We have got the quality to put a good few wins together and we will see what happens.”

“We have not set a points target,” he added. “We have still got nine games to go and we will try to win as many games as we can and see where that takes us in the table. We want to pick up as many points as we can.”