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Halls On Trial

Wednesday boss Brian Laws has handed a trial to former Reading and Sheffield United defender John Halls this week.

The 26-year-old is without a contract and will be watched by the Owls boss this week throughout training and the reserve fixture at Shrewsbury Town on Wednesday evening before making a decision.

Wednesday are still without Frank Simek and Richard Hinds at the back, with Middlesbrough right-back Tony McMahon arriving on a month's loan deal last week to bolster the defensive ranks.

'John Halls is out of contract and is a good player so we have decided to take a look at him this week,' Laws told the official SWFC website.

'I had planned to bring him in for a trial before we signed Tony McMahon last week so we will see how things go in training and the reserve team game on Wednesday night.'

Halls was on loan at three Championship clubs last season - Crystal Palace, Preston North End and Sheffield United, and came through the Arsenal youth system before making the switch to Reading.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 26 2008

Time: 1:09PM

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Do we realistically think he'll be an Owls player in the near future? Blackpool turned him down after a trial there last month and I don't want to sound elitist, but if he's not good enough for them, what makes anyone think he'll be good enough for us? It sounds like a case of "we get what we can afford" - free!
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26/08/2008 15:11:00

Just read that Sheard has said, money for the takeover has been moved from a Swiss bank A/C into an account with the HSBC, who SWFC have their 20M debts with?, sounds promising?
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26/08/2008 15:49:00

He did OK in patches for us last season. Main weakness is that he's very, very slow.
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26/08/2008 15:53:00

Thanks Coops. I'm just not sure he's what we need. Last thing we want is someone who is going to get beaten by pacey wingers every time.
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26/08/2008 16:28:00

Ok so he has no pace, but surely that is why Laws is giving him a trial? Even with zero pace he will be a better bet than Gilbert who has no pace, no skill, no positional sense, poor distribution, is left-footed and cannot tackle
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26/08/2008 16:57:00

I thought the debts were with the co-op??? i read sheards financial advisors are meeting with the co-op in the next few days. probably to offer to pay back so many pence in the pound.
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26/08/2008 17:18:00

BFL, I was actually thinking you were showing sense on another post you wrong I was! At least coops gave us a rational statement. Please keep quiet unless you have something sensible to say.
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26/08/2008 19:35:00

Surely he can't be as useless as Gilbert bfl!
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26/08/2008 19:53:00

didnt mean it like that us owl, he doesn't have any pace at all, doesn't read the game well and his passing was shocking. all in all useless. bet he's on par with him johnny!!
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26/08/2008 20:13:00

then why did reading and utd sign him in the first place?
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27/08/2008 09:25:00

more like why are reading trying to offload him? and why didnt we bother signing him?
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27/08/2008 12:06:00

anybody thats played for pigs, will ever get into our side, we don't have 2nd rate players at hillsborough, just proper footballers.
ecco owl
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28/08/2008 20:43:00

haha, like Leon Clarke ecco? ;)
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29/08/2008 08:17:00


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