SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Strike ace Ryan Lowe stays at a Lower level

New start: Owls striker Ryan Lowe has signed for MK Dons
New start: Owls striker Ryan Lowe has signed for MK Dons
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RYAN Lowe’s move to the Owls may turn out to have been the pinnacle of his career.

His exit to MK Dons means that he will not achieve his target of playing in the Championsship for Wednesday.

The striker will be 34 in September so even if the Dons go up next year there must be doubt about whether he will ever enter the second-tier fray.

But his Hillsborough experience paid off for him and Wednesday, in a way.

It gave him his first opportunity at a club of the Owls’ stature, and he brought eight league goals to the table plus one in the FA Cup, to play his part in a promotion season. though most of his appearances were from the bench (16, as opposed to 14 starts).

He was never in the side for long, even under Gary Megson, who was manager when the club paid Bury a fee of £100,000.

So it was no surprise when it emerged yesterday that he follows Rob Jones in being one of the players who must make way as the Owls prepare for Championship football with a revamped squad.

On the evidence of last Saturday’s friendly at Doncaster, new £200,000 buy Chris Maguire is a similar type of player to Lowe: a smallish striker with good touch who makes intelligent runs and can play off a bigger man.

Lowe has been a prolific scorer in the lower divisions - and that is what attracted MK Dons to him.

Maguire has scored fewer goals so far but is 10 years younger and already has experience in the Scottish Premier and the Championship.