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Owls confirm deal for Blackpool's Llera

Wednesday have confirmed the permanent signing of Spanish defender Miguel Llera from Championship side Blackpool.

The 32-year-old has signed a deal with the Owls until the summer of 2013 after being released by the Seasiders.

Llera impressed Owls manager Gary Megson during a recent one-month loan spell, where he made three appearances. Wednesday won all three of those matches and it was enough to earn the experienced centre-back a full-time deal at Hillsborough.

He's a former Charlton Athletic player and could feature against the Addicks this Saturday when Wednesday host Chris Powell's men at Hillsborough.

He signed for Blackpool in time for the start of this season but struggled for chances and was sent out to Brentford on-loan before the Owls snapped him up at the end of November.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 10 2012

Time: 11:33AM

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good signing great cover for jones and batth just wonder what will happen with beevers now ?
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10/01/2012 11:38:00

If Beevers stays it means we now have strong cover for two vital positions and it leaves Reda free to do what he does best: Amaze us!
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10/01/2012 11:51:00

Beevers on loan to chesterfield is one of the rumours flying about, wouldn't mind as long as we had a clause that says we can have him back if we get injuries? Pretty pleased with llera, he's not going to be 1st choice but 3 wins from 3 speaks for itself. And as for reda.... he never does anything less than amaze me.
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10/01/2012 12:06:00

Surely means the exit door for Beevers which is a shame as he once should good promise. Pity its not Marshall we have signed on a permanent deal.
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10/01/2012 12:30:00

Don't think this signing means the exit of "The Beever" does mean we have suitable cover for both centers for the run in, think it clearly shows that Reda is no longer considered a center and with what he's done since switching he's pretty much confirmed that to me to. Reynolds exit I think ensures Beevers squad place, I wouldn't mind seeing him on loan again with the clause that North Stander mentioned. I wonder who the two players Meggo mentioned in his post match interview who refused to go out on loan before Christmas were??! UTO Solid signing just hope there are creative ones to follow, think it would be the Leauge 1 coup of the season if we could pen Ben 10 on a perm deal... IMMIT
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10/01/2012 13:18:00

Oh and a work-mate (you can guess who he supports) just said "Signed another Charlton reject I see...??" To which I said "You would bite ya leg off to get hold of Semedo if Llera has similar impact in time you'll be running scared!!" WAWAW
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10/01/2012 13:21:00

3 appaerances and 3 wins Did Llera play against Walsall?
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10/01/2012 19:48:00

Loving the appreciation of Reda Johnson. Definitely a Wednesday legend in the making. Speaking of league 1 legendary African owls I wonder what Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu is up to?
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10/01/2012 21:22:00

p.s. there are clearly lots of league one legendary African owls...
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10/01/2012 21:24:00

Also is it possible that Megson sees Beevers as the long term replacement for Jones. When Meggo arrived he stated he was a fan of Beevers but the defence was leaky. He signed Jones and Batth and we stopped conceding but pound for pound and in terms of talent I would say Beevers is the better defender. He just needs more experience and in Jones, Megson had a centre back that he trusts not one that needs to pick up experience.
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10/01/2012 21:40:00

I have a feeling that Beezers is out of contract in the summer. Personally I think we should keep him - there's a lot of potential there.....
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11/01/2012 00:04:00

Something I have always believed in over the years. We have all heard our old managers of the past and still to this day around the football hierachy especially. "He is one for the future" I have always thought that players who are 20 years old + can not make an impact in leagues one and two will probably never make it. Look at the youngsters. We can't keep saying the players we have on the books who are 23 + will be ok with a little more experience etc. In Beevers defence though he was a young guy playing in a really poor team when he was first blooded but he must now grab the shirt and own the back four and stop playing in everyones shadow and that goes for Palmer also who has proved he is capable of being a star in this league and all the rest of the younger elemant at the club. Thats me done on my soap box.
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11/01/2012 08:17:00

Good points andymac, but I can appreciate Meggo's position in all of this. He arrived with the club on the slide and addressed our defensive failings first (by bringing in three players on loan).This season, with the pressure on to deliver promotion, he secured two of those three (Jones & Batth) early on and has stuck by them whenever possible. So Beevers started the season as cover and was out on loan when we might have used him. RO'D has been called upon and performed reasonably well but the stats suggest the team fared poorly in the absence of a more experienced keeper. Our other academy graduate, Palmer, hasn't featured as often as many of us thought. So either Meggo doesn't rate our own youth products too highly or else the results are just too important to risk placing too much of a burden on inexperienced shoulders.
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11/01/2012 16:22:00

I think your spot on OurMaurice I belive then youth policy is at this moment in time pretty poor Alfreton Town will endorse that and the reason why we were pulled from the reserve league
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11/01/2012 18:44:00

OurMaurice, we appear to be reading from the same book. If you look at Meggo's record though he is true to his word. He says Morrison still has a place (maybe just in the squad) and he is giving him the place. Clinton looks to me like he's also having an impact. I alwayss liked Father Ted, but he wasn't a motivator. It was clear that was what we needed to get out of League 1 and to push on. Credit to Megson in his motivational skills. I really hope he can motivate Beevers to reach the potential which was once talked about. It will all depend on whether he is good enough. Personally I think players like Beevers and Palmer will have their chances again this season and if they don't take them the onus is on them!
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11/01/2012 23:04:00

p.s not sure onus is the word I think I can speak football. I think Beevers should just get his head down and let his feet do the talking...
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11/01/2012 23:05:00

I think GM has us all reading from the same page now Devon_Owl, although it's taken some much needed success on the pitch to convert those sceptics among us! And I agree, motivation seems like one of his specialities. But so is honesty and determination. It may have taken a while but I believe he has his entire squad focused now and I hope Mark Beevers sits up and takes notice and follows Clinton's lead by adopting a professional attitude to the current situation. As andymac rightly pointed out, how many good Wednesday sides has Beevers played in? I'd say his true potential hasn't been realized yet. He's had a useful spell away on loan which must be good for his confidence but now he's back he needs to work hard and try and force his way into Meggo's reckoning. The manager has already proved by word and deed that sentiment plays no part in his team selection. If a player is worthy of a place he'll get his chance, and if he performs well he'll keep the shirt. He's gone on record as saying he's not interested whether certain players are happy or not, it's whether or not they're willing to do the things that are expected of them that counts. Well given our current league status, I'd guess every squad member has been made aware of what is required in order to get this club of ours over the finishing line. As I've said in an earlier post: GM has turned us around in double-quick time and achieved the momentum needed to keep us going, our next aim is to become unstoppable. It's a realistic target now but there's no room for passengers.
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12/01/2012 08:49:00

...and while we're on the subject of the academy: A blind man could see how poor a record we have of bringing quality players up through the ranks. Mel Sterland & Kevin Pressman were the last two bona fide 'legends' in my book, so the problem's been ongoing for quite some time. Thing is though, GM won't want to go down in history as the man who got our scouting system up and running. His aim is to get our first team up and running. Similarly, MM probably sees promotion as the first step towards seeing a return on his investment. Things will change. They'll have to. Maybe starting this summer, or maybe the seeds have been sown already. I always look back fondly on Big Jack's era. He left the club in great shape with a fine group of youngsters who were beginning to make a name for themselves. But he was with us for six years. Meggo hasn't been back home for one yet.
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12/01/2012 11:10:00


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