Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart Gray outlines his kind of player

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Stuart Gray, the Sheffield Wednesday head coach, has outlined the qualities he is looking for from potential new additions.

The Owls chief, aiming to strengthen all departments of the first-team this summer, is receiving calls on a daily basis from football agents who are seeking employment for their clients.

Although they recruited defensive duo Matt Young and Ed Sanders from Southampton and Stoke City respectively on Tuesday, it is thought they are unlikely to break into the senior set-up and will be regarded as members of the club’s development squad next season.

Gray said: “Supporters want players who will take pride in putting on the shirt and somebody who will give 100 per cent every week. If they fail, I want them to fail on ability rather than a lack of application. I don’t want it to be for a lack of effort, commitment, desire or enthusiasm.

“I want lads who can handle the ball, play out from the back and guys who are fully committed to doing it week, in week out.”

Gray has identified players he would like to bring to Hillsborough and admits some of his planning will be dictated by the decisions of out-of-contract quartet Chris Kirkland, Jose Semedo, Glenn Loovens and Oguchi Onyewu.

He is eager to sign Sam Hutchinson on a permanent basis after an offer was made to the former Chelsea man’s representative.

Contrary to reports, The Star understands Wednesday have cooled their interest in centre-back Gavin Gunning, who left Dundee United yesterday.