Semedo will do a great job for Sheffield Wednesday, says Weaver

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NICKY Weaver says that new boy Jose Semedo will do a “great job” for the Owls - and he should know.

The Wednesday goalkeeper and the Portuguese midfield player were team-mates at Charlton who signed for the Addicks at the same time and became firm friends.

“The fact that he’s now signed for us is good for him and good for us; he’s a good player,” said Weaver.

“He also played well in both games against us last season.

“He’s a holding midfield player: not someone who’s going to score you 10 goals a season, but he’s really disciplined, he breaks things up, intercepts a lot of passes, gets hold of the ball and gives it to someone to start attacks.

“He’s very strong, gets up and down the pitch very well - a modern-day midfield player, and I’m sure he’ll do a great job for us.”

Weaver and Semedo both joined Charlton in 2007, from Manchester City and Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon respectively.

He added: “We stayed in the same hotel for a couple of months. We ended up living just around the corner from each other.

“When he first came over, he couldn’t speak a word of English; I had to take him shopping, take him everywhere! I just looked after him. He’s a nice fellow. He settled in at Charlton. The lads down there really liked him and once he got playing, you could see what a good player he was. His English is good now.”

The two were in touch before Semedo’s Hillsborough move was confirmed: “I spoke to him a few times and he was telling me he wanted to come here,” said Weaver.

The midfield player, who rejected a new deal at Charlton, signed a three-year contract and flew out to join the Owls at their training base in Bad Aussee, Austria.

He looks set for his first appearance in a Wednesday shirt in tomorrow’s friendly against Russian team Volga Novgorod in Irdning.