SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: The Star’s Owl’s writer Paul Thompson with his inside view

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DANNY Wilson does not need me to tell him who the danger man will be at Wembley.

But I can’t help thinking that Jordan Rhodes holds the key to United’s chances of joining Wednesday in the Championship.

If the Blades lock him out like the Owls did at the Galpharm Stadium at Easter then I fancy them to do it.

If they don’t then the play-off final might be just the stage on which Rhodes will make a vital contribution.

Before the semi-finals had started, I remarked to a pal that the Huddersfield striker had been a bit quiet lately and I thought there could be a sting in the tail to come from him.

Then he pops up with goals in both legs against MK Dons, taking his tally for the season to 40.

Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Huddersfield was the start of a five-match run without a goal for him. They kept him very quiet, and Lewis Buxton remarked afterwards that Danny Batth had done a fine job.

Last month’s occasion was vastly different from Hillsborough on December 17 when Rhodes bagged four in a 4-4 draw.

United stopped him from scoring in their two games against Huddersfield.

Owls fans will, of course, take a keen interest in what happens at Wembley.

My column last week in which I said I hoped United go up sparked reaction for and against. There are still Wednesdayites who want the old enemy to suffer!

The groundswell of opinion within the club is that it would be good for the city to have both clubs in the Championship and it would preserve the derby days.

But you could forgive Andy Rhodes if he is not hoping that United win.

The Wednesday goalkeeping coach is certain to be rooting for his lad in a Wembley final. Imagine the pride he would feel if Jordan scores the goal that takes his team up. Blood is thicker than water.

An abiding image of that 4-4 draw at Hillsborough is of Andy giving Jordan a congratulatory hug at the end - though obviously Rhodes senior had wanted Wednesday, his employers, to win.

It is an interesting time of year, with play-off finals taking place, the Champions League Final being played tomorrow, and Euro 2012 coming up, but it is satisfying for Wednesday that their job is done - for this season, that is.

Knowing already which division they will be in next season will have been a help to Dave Jones in his mission to bring in new players.

He and chief executive Paul Aldridge have been very busy already, and I guess it will be a busy summer.

Jones’ plans to strengthen the squad are likely to be extensive.

He is being aided by the fact that Wednesday, already a club with pulling power, now have the added attraction of being back in the Championship.

I gather that there are plenty of agents who see Hillsborough as a potential home for their clients.

While the Owls bask in the glow of promotion, spare a thought for Paul Sturrock.

He has done a brilliant job on meagre resources at Southend, aided by ex-Wednesday skipper Graham Coughlan, but the hero of 2005 found no joy in the play-offs this time, with his team losing to Crewe in the semis.