WEDNESDAY striker Caolan Lavery is a target for lower-league clubs who want to sign him on loan.
The 19-year-old was praised by Gary Madine last week after they played together for the Owls Under-21s and he is regarded by the club management as a prospect.
Dave Jones confirmed: “A couple of club are interested in taking him on loan.
“He’s learning his trade. It’s a matter of picking the right time if we decide he can go out.”
Lavery signed for the Owls this year after leaving Ipswich and is a member of their development squad.
He was born in Canada but his parents are Irish - hence his qualification for Northern Ireland, for whom he has played at Under-19 and Under-21 level.
The forward was on the Wednesday bench for the Capital One Cup ties against Fulham and Southampton.
Lavery is viewed by Jones as one of several up-and-coming Hillsborough youngsters,
“We’ve got a lot of good kids, we really have,” says the Owls manager.
Jones also feels the club pulled off a coup in signing Rhys McCabe from Rangers; the midfield player has already broken into the first team.
Other summer signings Danny Mayor and Paul Corry are knocking on the senior door.
“We have players who are ones for the future and will do well for the club,” added Jones.
“We even have a 15-year-old [Jack Stobbs) who came on in the under-21 game.”
Jones confirmed that Everton on-loan teenager Ross Barkley is eligible for Friday’s game against Leeds, the last match of the current loan deal, and he hopes that the arrangement will be extended.