No-go for Gary as Wednesday seek loan exits

Cheeky request: Gary Madine was eyed by a League One club
Cheeky request: Gary Madine was eyed by a League One club
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WEDNESDAY have received a quick response after telling clubs that there are Hillsborough players available on loan.

But the inquiry was not the sort that Gary Megson had in mind.

Another, undisclosed, League One club asked to borrow Gary Madine.

“That won’t be happening, but there are players here who want to be playing football and aren’t at the moment,” said Megson.

“We sent out a circular on Wednesday saying that we do have players who would be available on loan. There are no names mentioned in it.”

The Madine inquiry seems to have been cheeky - considering that the striker has played in almost every game under Megson and is a particularly key player when a 4-5-1 system is used.

But five January signings, followed by those during the last 48 hours of Rob Jones and Danny Batth, plus fluctuating form, mean that some senior players at times cannot get into the 18 for a game.

Reda Johnson, Tommy Spurr and Chris Sedgwick were left out of the match against Peterborough, for example.

Megson said on Tuesday that Johnson had been suffering from a stiff and sore neck “but would not have played anyway”.

The Owls boss is, however, not saying which players will be allowed to leave.

Johnson will also miss the match a Dagenham a week on Saturday, because he will be on international duty with Benin. His call-up, and that of Liam Palmer by Scotland under 21s, were the reason why next Tuesday’s home game against Tranmere was put back to April 5.

Wednesday’s chances at Southampton tomorrow are rated low by Gordon Watson.

The striker who played for both clubs said of the Owls: “They’re poor. They look disjointed and low on confidence - all the things you wouldn’t want to have labelled against you when you were one of the favourites to go up.

“I can only see a home win.”

He questions the service that strikers such as Clinton Morrison and Neil Mellor have been receiving. “You’ve got to look at what’s feeding them,” said Watson, who believes that the team may have been affected by off-field issues.

“The club had all the problems with a potential takeover and the players can say it doesn’t affect them, but it does.

“You’ve had relegation, manager changes - anything that can go wrong has gone wrong there in the last year or so.

“Southampton were a mirror image of that, but they are much further down the road to recovery.”

Watson was bought by Wednesday from Charlton for £250,000 in 1991 and sold to Saints for £1.2 million in 1995.