Weaver tips Owls new boy to shine

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday goalkeeper Nicky Weaver is backing ‘tenacious all-round midfielder’ David Prutton to blossom at Hillsborough.

Hull-born Prutton joined the Owls last month from Swindon Town on a free transfer after spells with Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Southampton during a career that includes 405 appearances.

Prutton, who turns 30 in September, will train for the first time with his new teammates next Wednesday when Megson’s side report back for pre-season training.

Weaver told The Star: “I played with David at England Under-21 level about 10 years ago. He is quite a tenacious all-round midfielder.

“He will be good defensively and offensively. David is a fit lad who will get up and down the pitch. He is a modern-day, all-action midfielder so I think he is going to be a good addition for us.

“When we sent Swindon down last year, he was by far and away their best player. David has played for big clubs in the Premier League so I think he is going to do really well here.”

Meanwhile, Wednesday have been linked with left-back Julian Bennett. The 26-year-old is out of contract at Nottingham Forest and Owls boss Gary Megson is keen on bolstering the full-back department, with Tommy Spurr poised to join Doncaster Rovers next week.

It was Megson who signed Bennett for Forest from Walsall in January 2006 and is reportedly interested in signing him for a second time. Forest have said that Bennett is free to leave should a club come in and offer the defender a chance of regular football at first-team level.

n Central midfielder Darren Potter left the Owls by mutual consent last night. He made 103 appearances for the club following his move from Wolves, scoring nine goals. MK Dons appear the 26-year-old’s top destination.

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