Owls chase loan deals

Return to action: Nicky Weaver is expected to be fit for Rochdale game.
Return to action: Nicky Weaver is expected to be fit for Rochdale game.
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WEDNESDAY chairman Milan Mandaric is willing to sanction the signing of two loan players as Gary Megson carries out a search to strengthen his squad.

The Owls manager has been making many inquiries as well as changing his backroom staff and preparing for Saturday’s match at Rochdale.

He can welcome back three of his own players for the weekend: he has confirmed that Nicky Weaver and Isaiah Osbourne are set to be available, as is Darren Potter after his one-match ban.

Megson has also confirmed the appointment of his former assistant at Bolton, Chris Evans, as his No 2, and is likely to reveal the identity of his new coach today.

Mandaric told The Star: “We want to bring in one or two players as quickly as possible.

“We are looking at the market and appointing additional staff; we have been getting organised and working all week on these things.”

The exits of Alan Irvine’s assistant Rob Kelly and coach Billy Barr were confirmed yesterday.

But Megson is not looking to shed goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes, another who followed Irvine to Hillsborough.

Weaver is set to return to the side after only just missing the MK Dons game when he failed a fitness test on a knee niggle.

Osbourne is making a belated entry to first-team contention after his loan arrival from Aston Villa just before the January deadline.

He was not played at Peterborough last week, as he had only just joined the club, then he was ill ahead of the MK Dons match, and this week he has missed some training as his wife was giving birth.

“He’s just not been able to get going yet,” said Megson. “Hopefully he can now get his Wednesday career up and running.”

The Owls manager has made fruitless inquiries about players to his former clubs Leicester and Stoke, among others, but is finding that only youngsters are available.

He wants more experience and his priority is to strengthen one, undisclosed position.

As the conceding of goals is his main concern, that may mean he wants to add a defender of his own.

But a defensive midfield man to shield the back four could be another possibility. Megson feels that Osbourne is an option for that position:

“I know him from my time in the Midlands. He’s a quality player; he’s 6ft 2in and still young. That’s a role he’s capable of filling.”