GARY Megson has hailed the Owls’ signing of Danny Batth on loan for the rest of the season.
“I’m pleased, first and foremost with Wolves for allowing Danny to stay,” says the Owls manager.
“And I’m pleased that Danny has chosen to extend his loan with us, because he has done well.
“He also did well for us at the back end of last season. He has improved on that and hopefully he can keep going forward.”
Megson had hoped to land Batth on a full transfer but knew that only an extension to his loan might be possible. It is a similar scenario with Ben Marshall and Stephen Bywater.
“I also want to get deals done for Ben and Stephen if we can,” added Megson. “We also have to replace James O’Connor and I would like to bring in a specialist outside right.”
Batth, who had a successful Owls spell last season, said: “I’ve managed to be around while the team has developed and I think I’ve played a good part in that, so to extend the deal is something I’m happy about.”
O’Connor, who leaves Hillsborough on January 1 and is going to America, was doing a good job out of position on the right flank until he was injured.
He and the Owls have not commented on his destination but he is thought to be joining Florida outfit Orlando City, who are managed by former Sheffield United player and boss Adrian Heath and play in the United Soccer Leagues Pro division.
Nicky Weaver came through his comeback in a private away game against Leeds yesterday after his lay-off with a knee injury and is chal
lenging for a place on Boxing Day at Walsall. Jon Otsemobor and Daniel Jones also returned to match action, playing for around 80 and 70 minutes respectively.
Otsemobor was a sub against Aldershot after being out since the match at Blackburn in August with a calf injury, and Jones was sidelined after the opening two games owing to an ankle problem.