Wednesday trio in talks over new contracts

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday are in talks over the three players whose contracts expire next month.

Chairman Milan Mandaric has confirmed that the club are liaising with the agents of Jermaine Johnson, James O’Connor and Lewis Buxton.

The club decided to make offers to the trio at the same time as Tommy Miller and Richard Hinds were released.

Manager Gary Megson would prefer early decisions from the players but it is not unusual for negotiations to follow offers as contracts head towards expiry on June 30.

The club also continue to explore the transfer market, at a time when it can be quiet because of managers’ and players’ holidays.

Rochdale striker Chris O’Grady and Dale right back Scott Wiseman have been linked with the Owls.

Both have enhanced their reputations after their team thrived in League One on the back of promotion the previous season.

O’Grady is a powerful, industrious striker, Wiseman a defender who also likes to get forward.

It is understood that they are not alone in coming under scrutiny as the Owls ponder possible options and remain confident off adding to the signings of Swindon midfield man David Prutton and Scunthorpe centre half Rob Jones.

Wednesday played Rochdale in the League for the first time this season - with honours finishing even - and the Owls will face new opponents again in 2011-12 thanks to Stevenage’s 1-0 win against Torquay in the League Two play-off final.

The result also dashed the promotion hopes of Torquay’s ex-Owls centre half Guy Branston and sent Stevenage up at the end of their first season as a Football League club.