SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls set to decide on Marlon Harewood

Tough choice: Dave Jones has to decide if he wants to offer a deal to trialist Marlon Harewood
Tough choice: Dave Jones has to decide if he wants to offer a deal to trialist Marlon Harewood
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D-DAY is fast approaching for trialist Marlon Harewood.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones is expected to soon make a decision on the striker’s future.

Marlon Harewood

Marlon Harewood

Harewood, a free agent after being released by Nottingham Forest at the end of last season, has trained with the Championship outfit for nearly three weeks and is hoping to earn a permanent contract at Hillsborough.

Formerly of Aston Villa and West Ham, Harewood was part of Wednesday’s week-long pre-season tour to Portugal, featuring against Sporting Lisbon and Premier League new boys Reading. In both fixtures, the 32-year-old came on as a substitute. Indeed, Chris O’Grady wrapped up the 2-0 victory over the Royals after Harewood had his shot parried by the goalkeeper.

“I haven’t spoken to the manager about contracts or anything like that, I am just doing the best I possibly can while I am here,” said Harewood.

“I have plenty left to give, I’m in good shape and I think Wednesday is a massive club.

“It’s strange because sometimes you don’t realise from the outside just how big a club can be until you are on the inside. The spirit around the camp here is really strong and I think Wednesday are all geared up to do really well in the Championship.”

The powerful forward started last season at Chinese club Shenzhen Phoenix but returned to England when he was offered a short-term contract by old club Forest. His deal, though, was not renewed in the summer.

Of Harewood, Owls boss Jones recently told The Star: “Marlon seems to be enjoying it here and has a smile on his face. He is working his socks off and is is doing really well.”

The striker department is an area Jones wants to strengthen before their league opener at Derby County next month. He may see Harewood as someone who can add a different dimension to Wednesday’s attack, either as a starter or as an impact player from the substitutes bench.

One of Harewood’s great assets is his prodigious work rate off the ball. He puts defenders under pressure and is not afraid to run the channels. His goal-scoring record will not strike fear into the hearts and minds of Championship defences but Harewood is a team player. Team success over personal glory matters more to the well-travelled striker.