What Garry Monk said about Jack Marriott after the Derby County man made his Sheffield Wednesday debut

Jack Marriott was a deadline day signing for Sheffield Wednesday, and just over 24 hours later he was out on the field making his debut under Garry Monk – but it could have been a different debut at St. Andrews not so long ago.

By Joe Crann
Monday, 19th October 2020, 12:33 pm
Jack Marriott made his Sheffield Wednesday debut at the weekend. (Pic Steve Ellis)
Jack Marriott made his Sheffield Wednesday debut at the weekend. (Pic Steve Ellis)

The Owls ran out 1-0 winners in the Midlands on Saturday, with a Barry Bannan penalty proving to be the decisive goal as Wednesday brushed off some late pressure to secure three more points and take their tally to -4.

Marriott was brought on in the 77th minute to replace Josh Windass, and wasn’t far from securing a debut goal when he found his way behind the Blues’ defence be fired just past the goalkeeper’s far post.

Monk, speaking after the game, spoke highly of the Derby County loanee, admitting that he tried to get him to Birmingham during his time as manager there not too long ago.

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Speaking to the media after the game, Monk said, “He’s a proven goalscorer, he’s a player that when I was here at this club (Birmingham City) I was looking at. So I know a lot about Jack.

“Obviously the opportunity came, he had a lot of interest, a lot of people wanting him, but speaking to Jack I didn’t have to do a lot of convincing.

“He wanted to come, and understood what was said to him and what we’re about.”

The former Peterborough United and Luton Town man has done the hard yards having worked his way up the English Football League pyramid, and only a few years ago was plying his trade in the National League with Woking.

Marriott was one of two debutants for the Owls at St. Andrews on Saturday, with Aden Flint starting in central defence despite not having trained with his new teammates yet, and both are expected to play a role on Wednesday night as SWFC return to Hillsborough to face Brentford.

It means that Chey Dunkley (who is recovering from a leg break earlier in the year) and youngster, Korede Adedoyin, are now the only players of the nine that Wednesday signed who are yet to make their first team debut.