Sheffield Wednesday: Palmer stakes Owls claim

Liam Palmer is happy to play in midfield or at right back
Liam Palmer is happy to play in midfield or at right back
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Liam Palmer is targeting a second successive promotion campaign for himself and has staked a fresh claim for a place in the Wednesday side.

The 21-year-old midfield player signalled that he could be challenging for a spot at right back after playing there in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Scunthorpe with Lewis Buxton (shin) and Kieran Lee (hip) ruled out.

Palmer, no stranger to either position, told The Star that his year on loan with last season’s League One promotion hopefuls Tranmere has matured him as a player and a person and he is happy to play in midfield or at right back.

“I just want to try and play as much as possible and keep learning, and if I’m not playing then keep watching the players in my position and take that on board.

“As a club, obviously we’ll be trying to kick on from last season.

“Anything is possible. Everyone can see how tight the table is, year on year. A good run of form can put you up there.

“The division is getting tougher each year but you want to test yourself against good teams.”

The Owls have begun their week’s stay in Portugal without Reda Johnson, who has stayed behind for treatment for a fresh ankle problem.

“It’s tendonitis, not the same problem he had before,” said manager Dave Jones, “Hopefully we’ll get him back playing before the start of the season.”

Rafa Floro once again replaced Johnson at left back, on Saturday.

Buxton’s problem was just soreness: “Lewis was just feeling his shin a bit,” said Jones.

The Owls will have four trialists of various nationalities with them in Portugal, where they play Braga tomorrow and Hull on Saturday.

Jones added: “It gives us a chance to look at people not just for a day or two; it will be good for them to get away with us and get to the know the lads, as well.”