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Jermaine Johnson is one of six out-of-contract Wednesday players offered new contracts by the club

Jermaine Johnson is one of six out-of-contract Wednesday players offered new contracts by the club

  • by Dom Howson Sheffield Wednesday
 

Manager Dave Jones has warned his out-of-contract players he won’t wait forever on a decision to sign up for Sheffield Wednesday’s assault on the Championship.

Lewis Buxton, Jermaine Johnson, Miguel Llera, David Prutton, Giles Coke and Stephen Bywater are pondering over new deals. Academy youngster Adam Hinchliffe has also been offered a professional contract.

But Jones insists he wants to get his plans sorted as soon as possible as Wednesday look to consolidate in the second tier of English football.

He told The Star: “It’s down to the players and their agents now. The ball is in their court. There is nothing more we can do.

“The longer they leave it, the more I look around. I will not wait forever. That’s football.”

It is thought Jones is aiming to bring in a minimum of five new faces over the summer.

Nigerian international Seyi Olofinjana, released by Hull City last week, caught the eye during a loan spell at Hillsborough last season.

When asked whether he would be interested in signing Olofinjana on a permanent basis, Jones said: “It is something we will look at. We will wait and see what comes around.”

Danny Pugh, Jeremy Helan, Steve Howard and Leroy Lita could aso come into Jones’ thinking as he seeks to rebuild following their 18th-placed finish last term.

It is likely Jones will try to enhance his attacking options. Gary Madine and Chris Maguire hit the back of the net just five times between them while it is unclear what the future holds for Chris O’Grady, who has returned to Hillsborough following a productive loan spell at Barnsley. Young forward Caolan Lavery is highly-regarded by Wednesday but has yet to make a first-team appearance for the club.

 

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