SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: New boy ready for English test

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NEW Sheffield Wednesday signing Diogo Amado is confident he will flourish at Hillsborough.

Lagos-born Amado penned a two-year contract earlier this week and will join the Owls subject to international clearance.

The 22-year-old, who has become the club’s sixth summer recruit, started his career at Sporting Lisbon before moving to Uniao Leiria and spent last season on loan at Estoril as the club won the Portuguese Second Division.

Amado has described his move to the Championship newcomers as a “dream come true” and is looking forward to proving his worth in England.

He said: “It is a new experience for me playing in England. It is my first time here but I think I am prepared and ready for this.”

Amado, a former Portugal Under-21 international, can’t wait to link up with compatriot Jose Semedo again.

“I played with Jose at Sporting Lisbon and he is a great guy and a really good player; he will help me settle into Sheffield,” he said. “It is good I already know someone in the dressing room. It makes it more easy to learn and it will help on and off the pitch.”

Owls manager Dave Jones met with chairman Milan Mandaric and vice-chairman Paul Aldridge yesterday. It is thought one of things discussed was the club’s recruitment drive. Jones has said he would ideally like to have completed the majority of his business before the club head to Portugal next week.

Having strengthened the back four by capturing Joe Mattock, Anthony Gardner and Kieran Lee, Jones has turned his attention to the midfield department.

Paulo Regula, Michail Antonio, David Norris remain on the club’s radar.

Wednesday, meanwhile, will reveal their new away kit on Saturday at the club’s Megastore from 9am.