Sheffield Wednesday: McGugan will give us a spark, says Gray

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Stuart Gray claims Sheffield Wednesday beat off strong competition to land Watford midfielder Lewis McGugan.

The 26-year-old is expected to make his debut in the Owls’ televised lunch-time clash at Huddersfield Town tomorrow, having arrived on loan from the Hornets on Wednesday. Gray has monitored McGugan’s situation for several weeks and is delighted to have added him to his squad.

Sheffield Wednesday new loanee signing Lewis McGugan in training at Hillsborough

Sheffield Wednesday new loanee signing Lewis McGugan in training at Hillsborough

The Owls head coach said: “There were other clubs looking at Lewis. We all tend to be looking at the same players.

“Lewis lives in Nottingham so that might have helped and he knows a couple of lads here.

“I have always wanted to bring Lewis in. Unfortunately you are waiting on other clubs or managers and Watford have had a few turnarounds in managers. One week I was dealing with one manager and the next week it was someone else.”

McGugan, who is set to stay at Hillsborough until January 1, is aiming to help rectify Wednesday’s goal shortage.

“I think you just have to try to be positive,” he said. “You don’t shoot, you don’t score. That’s the way I go into games. If people are in better positions, then try to provide some assists too.

“The midfielder’s job is to provide chances, and hopefully I can try and provide the strikers with as many opportunities as possible.

Gray said McGugan’s presence has boosted morale on the training ground.

“Lewis has given training a lift,” he said. “He has a good habit of playing the ball forward and picking out the devestating pass.”

“I will only bring players in who I think improve us and Lewis is going to do that,” stressed Gray.

Although Caolan Lavery has resumed first-team training, he is still looking to strengthen his forward line.

Gray said: “I hope to get someone else in before Saturday. We will keep trying. It’s just a waiting game.”

The Owls chief has rubbished speculation linking them with Nottingham Forest forward Dexter Blackstock but has revealed the club agreed a deal to bring in a striker earlier this week but the player turned down the move.