gARY Megson has confirmed that he still hopes to re-sign Danny Batth from Wolves on loan - but he believes that if the Owls are to challenge for promotion then they cannot rely too heavily on temporary deals.
The Wednesday boss explained: “Look at the teams who have been promoted:
“The Southampton team that went up at the end of the season didn’t have any loan players in it. Brighton had one loan player, [striker] Chris Wood, from West Brom. Peterborough didn’t have any loan players in their first 11.
“You won’t get promoted if you just look to bring in loans.
“Danny Batth did well for us last season - but if you stuff the team with loan players, you’ll get nowhere.”
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has earmarked Batth for another possible loan move once he has been fully assessed in pre-season training, but a decision will not be made just yet.
Megson confirmed: “I’ve spoken to Mick about Danny: we’ll see if Wolves want to do anything; if they do, we’ll be interested.”
The Owls manager has, however, denied reports that he wants winger Michael McIndoe, who has been released by Coventry.
He also dismissed claims that he is chasing Ipswich striker Jason Scotland: “I don’t know where that came from.”
It seems clear that he has not given up hope of landing last season’s 20-goal striker, Neil Mellor, from Preston.
Mellor went back to Deepdale after being top scorer at Hillsborough, and the Owls have now said farewell to their leading appearance maker of 2010-11, Gary Teale.
The Scottish winger - who will be 33 this month - made 47 starts and four appearances as a sub.
But his release by mutual consent was another sign of the Owls’ intention to rebuild after a disappointing season.