Sheffield Wednesday: Llera targets top six

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Miguel Llera believes that Sheffield Wednesday must begin next season with the target of challenging for the play-offs.

The defender who has signed a new one-year deal is encouraged by the impressive form that the team showed in securing their Championship survival.

Miguel Llera goes through his paces on the first day of pre-season training

Miguel Llera goes through his paces on the first day of pre-season training

But he feels that the Owls must start well next time instead of only coming on strong in the second half of the campaign.

“I think it will not be too difficult to improve,” he told the Star. “We need to be playing our best from the start. Our fans want football for promotion, not football for relegation.

“I think that from the beginning we must do our best to fight for the play-off places.”

Although there was some speculation about his future, the 33-year-old Spaniard insists that he always wanted to stay.

“I’m excited about starting to play again, and to be playing for Sheffield Wednesday.

“I had other options but my preference was always to stay. I was happy for my family, for me too, and happy with the support that the fans have always given me.

“I did not want to move. I think my place is here. I want to give my all for this club.

“Last season was good for me; I played a lot of games. My target this season will be to improve on last season. I will give 100 per cent for the fans.

“I think next season will be a better one.”

Manager Dave Jones says that he hopes Giles Coke will agree on a new deal and that Jermaine Johnson will sign next month.