Word is that new boy Rob means business

Owls new signing Julian Bennett in his first day with Sheffield Wednesday in pre-season training at Middlewood Road
Owls new signing Julian Bennett in his first day with Sheffield Wednesday in pre-season training at Middlewood Road
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ROB Jones is leading the way as Sheffield Wednesday step up their pre-season training and players begin to stake their challenges for places.

ROB Jones is leading the way as Sheffield Wednesday step up their pre-season training and players begin to stake their challenges for places.

Left back Julian Bennett has entered the action after his move from Nottingham Forest and joined the trip to Austria.

But Jones, who was the first defensive signing of the summer, has given himself a head start.

Gary Megson has been impressed by the former Scunthorpe centre-half’s physical condition and believes that the communication skills of players such as Jones can be an important influence next season.

Megson explained: “Rob is a good player; as important is the fact that he’s a really good lad. He has the best body-fat percentage. He’s at the front with all the running. I’m really pleased with him.

“Physically, he has done very well. He’s also got that experi

ence, and the biggest thing is that he still has that hunger and desire.”

Megson still believes that his squad contains too few “talkers” - players who help with organisation, encouragement and advice.

“But we’ve got two more in Rob and, especially, David Prutton,” he said. “They’ll impart their knowledge to some of the young players. They’ll do the organisation.

“I’d like to be in a position where I can just go to the sideline and know that all the stuff we have been wanting from Monday to Friday is being taken on to the pitch.”

Jones, aged 31, and midfielder player Prutton, 29, have made more than 700 senior appearances between them. Bennett, 26, has amassed 185 and is regarded by the manager as another important addition, for his defensive qualities and attitude.