Reject Potter in the right mould for high fliers

New start: Darren Potter was released by Wednesday
New start: Darren Potter was released by Wednesday
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FOR the second match in a row Wednesday are set to face a player who was rejected by them but is making a success of a fresh start elsewhere.

On Monday at Charlton it was Michael Morrison, tomorrow at Hillsborough it will be Darren Potter.

The midfield player was freed by the Owls by mutal consent in June to join MK Dons and has established himself in a side who are unbeaten and top of the table.

Potter made only four starts under Gary Megson last season and was allowed to leave as the Owls brought in Jose Semedo and David Prutton.

Dons manager Karl Robinson thought that the 26-year-old Liverpudlian because he would fit well into his team’s set-up.

Potter made the first goal in a 3-1 win at Carlisle last Saturday with a lobbed through ball.

He has forged a midfield partnership with Stephen Gleeson, who was his colleague at Wolves and in the Republic of Ireland squad

The pair are said to have been influential in the victory at Carlisle.

Gleeson says: “I know Potts from years ago when we were at Wolves in the reserves together, and I made my Irish debut with him.

“He’s come in and it’s just like old times. We complement each other well and I think it shows. We’re hard to break down in the middle of the park and we’re getting a good understanding again, and hopefully it can push us on.

He added: “The philosophy of the way we play has been here since last November, but the players have changed in that time.

“The manager, John Gorman [assistant manager] and Paul Mitchell [chief scout] have gone out and identified players who can fit into that mould, so every player we’ve signed is worthy of being here.

“This is a big club and we want to get into the Championship. I know it’s only September, but the way we’re playing at the moment I don’t think we’ll be far off.”

Dons have established a reputation for possession football. They have dropped only two points, in a 2-2 home draw with Hartlepool on the opening day.

There have been seven wins, including one at Norwich in the Carling Cup, but they went out on penalties to Brentford.

Centre-half Shaun Williams was sent off in that game for a professional foul and was replaced on Saturday by Mark Beevers.

But Beevers’ loan does not allow him to play against the Owls, and Williams will be available tomorrow.