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Wednesday weigh up Amond deal

There was an unfamiliar name in the Wednesday squad for Tuesday's friendly game at Rotherham United - that of trialist Padraig Amond, so what do we know about him?

Amond, a 23-year-old Irish striker, was named as a substitute in Wednesday's 2-1 victory against the Millers at Don Valley Stadium. He came on in the second half and the Owls' fortunes were almost instantly transformed as Lewis Buxton and Gary Madine grabbed the goals to put Wednesday 2-0 up.

Owls boss Gary Megson is keeping a watchful eye over for the former Shamrock Rovers man as he decides whether to offer him a permanent deal at Hillsborough this term.

Amond's performance in the Irish League caught the attention of Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira, where he played his football last season. A move from Sligo Rovers to Pacos, with all due respect, doesn't exactly ran highly amongst Europe's elite.

But it's good to see Wednesday 'thinking outside the box' when it comes to bolstering their squad this season, and not just looking down the routes that all other managers of English Football League clubs will be looking at this summer.

Hopefully this really is 'thinking outside the box', and not a case of desperation in looking for a new striker...

But all-in-all, Amond's stats as a striker are pretty decent. Coming through the ranks at Shamrock Rovers - he won the young player of the year award in 2008 -, he scored 11 goals in 36 games as a youngster before enjoying a loan spell at Kildare County, where he netted five goals in eleven appearances.

Sligo Rovers snapped him up in 2010 and he scored a good 17 goals in 27 appearances before making the move to Portugal.

Four caps for the Republic of Ireland U21s also shows the quality of the youngster, who was born in Carlow, Ireland, and has also represented his county at hurling.

No doubt his inclusion in Tuesday night's squad will prompt some questions from the media for Megson in the coming days, and we could even see the young Irishman again on Saturday when Leeds United visit S6.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 19 2011

Time: 10:17PM

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He did ok along side Madine, unlucky on 2 or 3 occasions, looked sharp, anything got to be better than Morrison.
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19/07/2011 22:38:00

Here here,still laughing at Morrisons interview on wednesday player,bout ow many goals he wud get this season cos hes feeling alot fitter n sharper.Tut tut yawn zzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZ
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19/07/2011 23:10:00

Is this guy any good seriously ? For those of you who went to the game what did you think ??
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19/07/2011 23:26:00

Gotta be worth a go on a free. Sounds like he has potential, I'm sure he would work hard and hopefully find the back of the net a few times.
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20/07/2011 00:13:00

at the very least he'll actually want to play and not just collect his wages.
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20/07/2011 03:43:00

Am I the only one who rhink clinton deserves another year??? I've spoke to him after a couple of away games b he genuinely seems like he wants to suceed. My honest opinion is his play doesmt suit league 1, he plays like he's still in the prem and expects everyone to do the work, supply the balls and create the chances. He's always been a finisher and that's that. He deserves a chance in a wednesday team that's scoring n creatin, and I believe hell bag goals for fun
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20/07/2011 04:33:00

Well I was quite happy with what I saw at the DVS last night... knowing the lads aren't completely ready yet. Playing a 4-4-2 with the new boys in the middle of the park makes us a little negative with the common out ball being to JJ. However "Jesus" looked just the player we've been in need of and been looking for a couple of seasons, he was everywhere and broke the play down and put us on the offensive foot so many times I lost count. JJ still had full tilt sprints in him after playing 80 minutes which is a good sign, if he could finish we'd have been grinning at the score line this morning. I said to my other half he gets 1 in 10 right and he had at least 10 chances last night, he did however get closer to scoring each time. I saw Morrison in the first half get knocked down several times but the refreshing change was he jumped back up and got on with the game instead of having a sit down and a bitch. This being said Almond came on and looked VERY interesting, he's alert, creative pacey and willing. I've no issue with his path in football to date if he's hungry to prove himself. It was great to see a player make runs on the off chance of Madine getting the knock on... it didn't pay off everytime but when it did it was rewarded with a clear cut chance. In addition to this Almond was bossing the centre's he was playing off showing a physical side... Definitely worth a serious look if he can show more of the same. WTID
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20/07/2011 09:44:00

I agree with you smiggy, I don't think the strikers are too much of a priority. I think Madine has been a great signing and we just need one striker next to him to get there act together. For me the problem has always been the midfield over the last few seasons and Megson is addressing that. I would like to see us with a couple of prospects upfront e.g this amond and vadaine oliver, surely his pace and physique warrants him a few games. Morrison is probably good for morale and I also believe he genuinely cares. These are reasons the reasons that him and Chris Sedgewick still have contracts and deserve another chance. The only problem is Morrison missed a couple of sitters last year and his mouth doesn't always warm him to fans. If they are wearing blue and white though I want them to succeed!
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20/07/2011 09:45:00

I can't say I've every heard of Pacos de Ferreira but it turns out they are a decent Primeira Liga team and finished 7th (just outside the UEFA places) and lost 2-1 to Benfica in their League Cup equivalent last season. That doesn't necessarily mean that Padraig Amond is a good player but they are no Mickey Mouse club so we can only hope that he hasn't quite fitted in there and needs a change. From what I've heard last night, he was lively and got in behind causing their defence to retreat and sit back a little deeper giving our midfield more time on the ball. This is the sort of player we need if we are to try and control the games a bit more next season by allowing our midfield more time and space to dictate a little.
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20/07/2011 10:38:00

I agree smiggy. morrison deserves this season. i met him on a ground tour prior a game last season (shortly after purse had left) and morrison acted as though he was club captain with the way he dealt with us plebs whilst the other players (club captain included) stayed well clear.
Hirsty's Shinpads
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20/07/2011 12:35:00

I think Morrison is good for the club... having seen him trying last night and getting up as quickly as he was knocked down shows me he's frame of mind has changed. Think he proved that with a team behind him he can play, he proved this at coventry. Don't think we saw anything close to the best out of him last season. I hope with a full pre-season and avoiding injury that he can show his true ability. This is especially true being that there may be a better chance this season that we are on the front foot instead of chasing the game. I think someone like Padraig, Madine, Morrison and Mellor would give us the diverse striker set we really need. Been a while since I've seen seen a player in the style of Almond in the Blue and White he seems to have pace and the willingness to chase. Someone like him would be a great asset in the new season. UTO
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20/07/2011 15:03:00

Perhaps Amond could be worth a punt.A striker with pace can be a real handful for defenders and wouldnt cost us much in wages.Lets see how he does in the other friendlies but he certainly looked lively against Rotherham.
leons gloves
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20/07/2011 15:45:00

did reading not do this a few years back with kevin doyle and a couple of others?and look at them now! they bang the goals in for fun, lets hope we get the same fortune as they did! :D :D :D UTO!
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20/07/2011 21:25:00


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