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Owls set to announce retained list

Owls set to announce retained list

Wednesday will announce their list of retained players tomorrow, according to reports from BBC Radio Sheffield.

Owls manager Dave Jones has decided which out-of-contracts will be offered a new deal to stay at Hillsborough and which will be allowed to leave for pastures new.

Winger Jermaine Johnson is one of the players who's been playing for a new deal to remain at the club, while others including goalkeepers Stephen Bywater and Richard O'Donnell and defenders Mark Beevers and Jon Otsemobor are also out of contract this summer.

O'Donnell has been linked with a move to Rotherham United this summer but Bywater could remain at S6 after helping the Owls to promotion this season.

Jones could also announce which players will be available for transfer as he starts to build his squad for next season's npower Championship campaign.

The Owls' success in achieving automatic promotion rather than waiting for a possible promotion via the play-offs has allowed the Owls boss to start work on his squad for the 2012-13 campaign.

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Date:Wednesday May 9 2012
Time: 8:42PM


I wouldn't be surprised to see JJ, Otsemobor and O'Donnell released with Weaver, Clinton, Prutton, Sedgwick and even Rob Jones potentially put up for transfer. Time for DJ to put his own stamp on the club.
09/05/2012 21:43:00
keep bywater and possibly beavers (still think he can make it), won't lose any sleep over any of the others who are out of contract.
Hirsty's Shinpads
10/05/2012 05:27:00
Agree with both comments above, heard that Clinton is going to Brentford, Mike Jones is going to Scunthorpe and O'Grady is going to Barnsley, think if they offer JJ a contract it should be a pay as you play with a very basic basic. We are 16/1 to win the Championship so look likes bookmakers see us as at least challenging for the Playoffs, so if DJ does get the 4 loanees to sign permanent as he has said he wants and sign a couple more (Joe Lewis & George Boyd both listed by Peterborough) who knows we could do what Southampton & Norwich have done. Looking forward to next season no matter what happens in the summer (0v0) UTO (0v0)
SWFC Tubes 84
10/05/2012 08:57:00
In the absence of a top wing signing I think JJ would be worth keeping. Flashes of brilliance with a recent raised (thank you GM) level of general play makes someone that is useful for the squad. I would be sorry to see O'Grady go as he has as much or more to him than Ranger I tihnk. It has been awesome to watch the way he retains possession and serves up things for others. These qualities will really be needed in the Championship.
10/05/2012 09:16:00
Keep O'Grady, I'd keep JJ for an impact player, on his day hes class. I would also keep Beevers aswell. I rekon Bywater is the only definate from the list.
10/05/2012 12:47:00
I wouldnt mind Bywater however I would try to get a better #1 as he has been a bit too shaky at the back at times for my liking. O'Grady I dont think has been given a big enough chance from Jones but if it were a toss up between O'Grady and Ranger, then I would choose Ranger. I see more potential there. JJ has to go! its the same every year with him. Not bother for most of the year then when contract is being revised, start playing very well. He is getting on now and I would say enough is enough! Beevers has to stay for me. I think the decision to ship him out for most of the season was very foolish. Otsomobor could be worth keeping as he is still on the right side of 25 (i think) and if nothing else, we may be able to sell him later for a small profit if things dont work out. Agree with comment earlier that Weaver, Prutton, Both Jones', Sedgewick, Morrison may be put on the list. Ryan Lowe may also be at risk too. Either way I reckon we may end up with a very different squad for next season
10/05/2012 13:14:00
I'll just be interested to see the extent of the clear out. We'll probably need a squad of around twenty-five players next year and I can't see a fresh batch graduating from the academy. So if we're looking to move on half a dozen or more then DJ will need to replace them, man for man. I doubt MM will want to splash out on half a squad so I reckon we might end up keeping one or two us fans would rather see the back of. Of course, I'm just guessing.
10/05/2012 13:41:00
It's been a very interesting season from a signings perspective. We have had lots of loan players, but somehow have managed to retain the heart and soul of the team - I hope we can carry this into next season.
10/05/2012 13:58:00
SeattleOWL, I think that's one point few could argue with. Gary Megson taking his players up to the back of the kop and impressing upon them what it means to play for our club will hopefully have left behind a legacy that will last for many years to come. The players were able to relate to the fans and vice versa. Hillsborough became a fortress at last and with the dreaded fear factor eradicated we were able to achieve the best home record in the league.
10/05/2012 14:50:00
I think the problem we will have in getting a quality squad together is the lack of matches for probably a third of them. In league one we got away with it because the players signed just wanted to be part of a MASSIVE club and having no reserve football was accepted. Now with a better quality player being attracted to the club can we afford not to have a reserve team. One MASSIVE positive about not having the resrve team last year was that we had a season with hardly any injuries for once.
10/05/2012 14:57:00
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