Sheffield Wednesday: Jose Semedo out to prove a point to Owls boss

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Jose Semedo is determined to prove to Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal he deserves a regular midfield starting spot after signing a new one-year contract.

The 31-year-old, who has made 156 appearances for the Hillsborough outfit since joining from Charlton Athletic in 2011, has only made one Championship start this calendar year.

Competition for places is fierce in the middle of the park but Semedo has vowed to give Carvalhal a selection poser.

“I’m not here to make up the numbers,” he stressed. “I want a first-team place. I want to play and not to be on the bench.

“I’m here to do my best.”

He added: “I want to be involved but it is up to the manager who plays.

“We are a squad of players, and though only 11 can play, we are a team and if one wins, then everyone wins.”

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Semedo, a cult hero with Wednesday’s fan-base, said it was always his intention to remain with last season’s Play-Off finalists.

“I’m so happy to sign a new deal; I am where I want to be,” he said. “I was always dreaming and wishing to be here and I want to thank everybody for all the wishes they gave me to stay and hopefully we can have another successful season.

“I always wanted to be here and I’m obviously looking forward to the new campaign. That’s not only me, I’m sure all the supporters are looking forward.

“Hopefully we can do better than last year and I am sure we will improve as a team.”

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Like Semedo, goalkeeper Lewis Price is expected to extend his Wednesday stay, having been offered a one-year contract as part of the club’s retained list last month. He only made seven appearances last season as he slipped behind Joe Wildsmith in the pecking order for a starting berth.

Despite being offered a new contract, striker Caolan Lavery is set to move on.

Meanwhile, Wednesday have added Charlie Hayford to their development squad. The midfielder, aged 19, has agreed a one-year contract, having failed to make the grade at Tottenham Hotspurs.

He said: “I have really enjoyed my years with Spurs and learned from some top quality players. I was invited to train with the senior players under Andres Villas-Boas when I was 15 and playing at the tempo of the first team was a fantastic experience.

“The philosophy of Sheffield Wednesday is to play from the back, to play football, and that suits the way that I like to play.”

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