Owls pair put pen to paper for new deals

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Sheffield Wednesday pair James O’Connor and Lewis Buxton have signed new contracts with the club.

Midfielder O’Connor and defender Buxton were both due to be out of contract on June 30 but will remain Wednesday players for one and two more seasons respectively.

O’Connor enjoyed a strong finish to the season alongside the departed Tommy Miller in the centre of the Owls midfield. The 31-year-old joined Wednesday from Burnley in the summer of 2008 and has scored seven goals in his 133 appearances.

Buxton, aged 27, originally arrived at Hillsborough on loan from Premier League club Stoke City in October 2008 before making the switch permanent in January 2009.

The versatile defender can play anywhere across the back four but saw himself switch from his usual right back berth to left back once Gary Megson took charge of the team.

His impressive form has led to Tommy Spurr being allowed to leave with Doncaster Rovers being favourites to land the 23-year-old.

Megson is hoping to further strengthen his squad. He is an admirer of Charlton midfielder Jose Semedo and wants the Portuguese starlet on board. He was the Addicks’ Player of the Year last term and is out of contract. Vice-chairman Paul Aldridge has spoken to the 26-year-old’s representatives.

Megson has a gap in midfield to fill after parting company with Darren Potter on Thursday. Potter signed with MK Dons yesterday in a one-year deal.

The Star understands striker Jason Scotland is top of Megson’s wish list as he plots a route out of the third tier of English football.

n Wednesday’s clash at Huddersfield on April 7 has been switched to a 12.30pm KO.

n Gerald Sibon will be part of the Owls team at the Masters tournament at the Arena tomorrow.

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