Sheffield Wednesday reward JJ with contract offer

Good at home: Jermaine Johnson in action against Swindon.             Picture: Steve Ellis
Good at home: Jermaine Johnson in action against Swindon. Picture: Steve Ellis
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JERMAINE Johnson is to be offered a new contract by Sheffield Wednesday, manager Gary Megson has revealed.

The 30-year-old winger’s current deal runs out this summer and he has already expressed a desire to stay at Hillsborough.

Megson confirmed after yesterday’s 3-1 win against Swindon, which sent Town down, that an offer will be on the table - but he believes that the Jamaica international must improve his stamina and his away form.

Johnson was dropped to the bench at Walsall last Saturday because the manager had been unimpressed with his away performances, and he was taken off in the 64th minute of yesterday’s game.

Megson said: “There are things in his game you can’t improve - ie, his running with the ball, his pace, his quality - but he very rarely finishes a game, because of tiredness, and away from home his performances haven’t been up to what’s required to enable us to get results.

“So I have spoken to Jermaine. His contract is coming to an end. He will be offered a contract and we’ll see where we go from there.

“But he will have to improve on certain aspects of his game, or that’s going to be happening to him all the time; I’m sure he doesn’t want that, and I don’t.”

Megson hailed his team’s workrate and the goals from Neil Mellor and Darren Potter in a win that sent Swindon down to League Two.

He said: “It was terrific, given that we put in so much effort at the Banks’s Stadium on Saturday.

“We scored a good first goal [by Potter]. I know it took a slight deflection, but the pass to enable us to get into that position was good. The second goal was even better - the vision from Jon Otsemobor and the run and finish from Neil Mellor was brilliant.

“The third goal, I was thankful it dropped to Neil and he had the calmness to slide it into the corner without blazing it over the top.

“I’ve just been told that’s the first time we’ve won four league games on the trot at home in four and a half years, so we’re starting to do some things a lot better.”