Sheffield Wednesday: Gray banks on team spirit

Stuart Gray values honest effort
Stuart Gray values honest effort
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Stuart Gray is looking for new signings but does not want to disrupt the team spirit that was so much in evidence this season.

The Owls manager believes that camaraderie and effort were key components in the club’s revival.

“I’ve got honesty, commitment from this group of players,” he told The Star.

“They want to do well for the club. They want to improve. It’s a case of putting in the hours on the training pitch, in the right environment. There is a good atmosphere and team spirit amongst the players.”

He will want new faces to show the same attitude and has a nucleus of around a dozen senior players who remain under contract and are familiar with the club’s philosophy.

Michail Antonio has again shown his willingness, with his pledge to come back next season stronger than ever after being hampered by injuries during the last year.

He said: “I want to start next season flying. The frustration I had with my injuries last season is motivating me to come back even stronger.

“I’m working on my fitness and on my muscles to make sure I’m in the best possible shape I can be when we come back and it all starts again.”

The players all have individual training programmes to carry out during the summer break.

Antonio also seeks to improve on his tally of four goals and 25 starts this season - having been top scorer with nine the previous year.

“But more importantly, we need to build as a team and compete higher up the table,” he added. “We need to look up.”