SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Wednesday to give their future jewel time to sparkle

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday manager Dave Jones reckons he has unearthed a potential gem in new signing Diogo Amado.

After a two-month chase, the Owls snapped up Amado on a two-year deal, subject to international clearance, earlier this week to take their summer signings up to six. The 22-year-old midfielder has moved to the Championship newcomers on a free transfer after leaving Uniao Leiria.

Amado, who knows fellow countryman and Wednesday teammate Jose Semedo from their time together at Sporting Lisbon, hails from Lagos and spent last season on loan at Estoril as the club won the Portuguese second division.

Jones, bidding to bring in another six new faces, has told The Star there is no pressure on Amado to deliver straight away.

“Diogo is a young player who comes with a good pedigree,” he said. “We are looking to develop him into a really good player.

“We have to make sure he adapts to our culture and ways. There is no pressure on the kid but we have big hopes for him.”

Amado, who could be joined at Hillsborough by Paulo Regula before the club’s week-long stay in the Algarve next week, is glad to be reunited with Semedo.

He said: “Jose is a great guy and he will help me settle into Sheffield.”

The Owls have recently formed a development squad but Jones sees Amado as a first-team contender.

Jones said: “In the short otime we have had him in training, Diogo has worked hard and not disappointed us. We want to push him on. He is a good lad and has a lot about him and he wants to do well.

“Diogo has got to adapt to our game but we are pleased we have picked him up because he could go a long way.”