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Owls to offer trio new contracts

Wednesday have revealed they will offer new contracts to stay at Hillsborough to Lewis Buxton, Jermaine Johnson and James O'Connor.

The club has acted quickly to release their list of players they'd like to retain, and it means Tommy Miller and Richard Hinds will be leaving the club after failing to earn new deals.

The club's desite to keep wing wizard Jermaine Johnson has been no secret, but it will perhaps come as a surprise to see Buxton and O'Connor offered new deals.

Buxton hinted that he could be on his way after giving a tearful farewell to Wednesdayites following the final game of the season against Exeter City at the weekend.

Many also expected O'Connor, and not Miller, to be on his way, but Megson has opted to offer him the chance to stay at Wednesday.

The offers have yet to be issued to the players, and thus yet to be accepted by any of the three as yet.

Owls boss Megson told the official site: 'There are always difficult decisions to make and if I can help Tommy and Richard in any way possible, I will be more than happy to do so.'

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 10 2011

Time: 3:45PM

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A little surprised by JOC, he tries but has very little effort to back up his fantastic attitude.
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10/05/2011 15:53:00

Well done Megson let our best player go!
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10/05/2011 15:54:00

surprised to be honest. thought we'd keep Miller and ditch JOC. oh well, let's see what happens.
Carbone's Padawan
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10/05/2011 16:17:00

glad jj and buxton are staying not to bothered about joc think he may just be back up
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10/05/2011 16:36:00

Buxton, JJ and O'connor to me all offer things we need... I would admit I would love all those things all in one player but those players are rare and all playing in the premiership or abroad at the highest level. I think the letting go of Miller actually shows that Megson has a plan to rebuild a midfield left in ruin by previous managers. I think that the 6 players he wants are all starting 11 players and at least 3 of them will be a new midfield. Having said that I think there will be more than 6 signings and a lot more told they are no longer required and will be loaned out etc. If Megson wants a 20 man outfield squad with at least 6 coming in the cuts are gonna have to be hard and deep! WTID
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10/05/2011 16:39:00

I like JOC,he reminds me of Graham Hyde always givs 110% and must be a nightmare to play against cos he never givs u chance to breath and also as chipped in with a few goals.Hope Buxton signs new deal.
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10/05/2011 16:45:00

Glad about Buxton, surprised at JOC and really couldn't care less about JJ, who I would let go, so we can get the cash as there are probably other teams that also over-rate the inconsistent waste of space. All the same, its good that Megson will now get the chance to do it his way.
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10/05/2011 16:51:00

I'm delighted to see Buxton offered a new contract - his energy and desire contrasts sharply with some of the other "players". I would be realy interested to see Megsons list of in contract players that he considers surplus to requirements.
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10/05/2011 16:52:00

The wrong way round for me and I would have got rid of JOC and retained Miller. Hope this doesn't mean that JOC is nailed on for a starting place next season or we ARE in the cack! Good to see Buxton offered a new deal and hope he accepts after the tears on Saturday!
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10/05/2011 17:51:00

good point thedon, these are just contract offers- whose to say they're going to accept them? also, wet myself laughing at baldowls comments on JJ. don't mince your words mate!!! :-)
Carbone's Padawan
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10/05/2011 18:35:00

I personally am delighted that JOC in particular has been offered a new contract. I'm surprised that Tommy Miller hasn't been offered a new contract, but have any of you thought that it may signal a new central midfielder with a bit more creativity? For Tommy Miller's wages we could get somebody who would really push the team forward as a unit while also possessing a bit of craft. Let's just hope that Darren Potter gets the chop!
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10/05/2011 18:48:00

Glad we've kept Johnson and Buxton, as for O'Connor he is a player who can be very likeable on his day with his fiery attitide, great tackling, desire, effort and just shows what he can do the thing that worries me is that on his off days he is ineffectual, late in tackles, passed around and lost in the middle of the park no doubt we have not seen the best of him this season, no doubt he has been better since Megson came along and if that continues i'll be happy. But Megson yet again showed how inept he is as a manager by releasing Tommy Miller? out of any player this season he has carried the team at times this season. Megson has contradicted himself today by saying he wanted a team "fit for the fans" because any fan would like to Miller in the team i'm sure of that.
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10/05/2011 23:54:00

I am very suprised with Miller not being offered a new deal even if on a 1 year deal. He had a fairly decent season and bagged a few most from the spot but he is a decent player to have around the squad. I was hoping JOC wouldnt be offered new terms. For me, he is pretty ineffective runs around puts lots in but hardly wins a tackle and for me he is not good enough by a mile. Basically we had a chance to get rid and we now still have Potter and him in our non existent midfield running the show. I agree with giving JJ a new deal can be useful but we can't pin our hopes on him like we have, he's more effective from the bench. Buxton for me has been the best player since Purse went and he is better than any regular left backs we have. He has a great desire and cares and had a lot of un fair stick in the past. Still not sure Megson is the right man let's see what happens.
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11/05/2011 00:21:00

Fingers crossed JJ and JOC are being kept around as squad players where they could be useful. If this is the plan i understand not giving miller a new deal as he will expect to be first choice and the intention is to sign better. If it isn't and JOC is being kept around as a key player when miller is gone i would be very annoyed to say the least. Effort and attitude can only go so far to cover a lack of ability!
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11/05/2011 08:32:00

Lets not forget Miller was signed in May 2009 by Brian and since then has made a total of 54 appearences. He spent so much time injured that when he finally did appear it was like having a new player but he'd been around fo quite a while. If you look at his history over each spell of two years at previous clubs he's averaged appearences in 50% of games. Yes he's had a good spell with us and led a woeful midfield at times but is he worth further investment. His contract was obviously geared to appearances due to his injury issues and what he would command in terms would make him quite expensive in regards to appearences. That being said I'm not having a go at his obvious skill and attitude but I think his departure marks the beginning of wholesale changes to what will be regarded as the starting 11 for the start of the new season. UTO
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11/05/2011 09:33:00

Good point on the injury front 4evaOWL, need our best team on the field if we are gonna go up. Plus I would like to see how the guys being consistent for a longer period of time because they have been woeful at times and i am not sure how many of them can escape at least some of that blame
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11/05/2011 10:26:00

Good points raised above methinks. I've just read that Megson has been quoted as saying that although new offers have been given to JJ, Buxton and JOC that if he finds more suitable players in the meantime then these offers will be rescinded as he doesn't want to swamp the club with similar players. I think this shows that he'd probably prefer other options and their contract offers will probably reflect this.
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11/05/2011 10:49:00


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