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Owls sign Holden and Howard on loan

Owls sign Holden and Howard on loan

Wednesday have bolstered their squad with two new loan additions today.

Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden has signed until April 24, while veteran striker Steve Howard has arrived at Hillsborough from Hartlepool United until the end of the season.

The pair arrived before today's loan transfer deadline and follow hot-on-the-heels of Seyi Olofinjana, who penned a loan deal until the end of the campaign from Championship rivals Hull City.

All three players are eligible to go straight into Wednesday's big Championship clash at home against Barnsley on Saturday.

Owls boss Dave Jones had been eager to boost his squad for the Championship run-in, especially following the recall of previous loan player Connor Wickham to Sunderland and a season-ending injury to attacker Michail Antonio.

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Date:Thursday March 28 2013
Time: 7:46PM


If this is just a case of adding numbers to the squad ahead of the loan deadline, to cover for unforeseen circumstances, then fine (sort of). But if these three expect to get thrown straight into the mix then I'm even more worried than I was a week ago. Most will agree the next two games could have a huge bearing on the seven fixtures that follow them. We need to win, we need the points, but we also need to perform. It's bad enough that our 38th game of a gruelling season might feature five loanees but please, not three debutants. The lad from Hull will probably start because he's one of Jones' old boys. Holden? Similar injury record to Sidibe and unable to get a game for Bolton. We only have him for a month so he's a definite starter then. Howard? Seriously? This fella makes Ryan Lowe look like one for the future! Let's hope he's just here to give Madine & Maguire something to think about and he doesn't actually get on the pitch. I spent yesterday thinking it was all some crazy April Fool's Day prank come early, and then I thought it was a ploy to get Dingles fans to snap up the remainder of their ticket allocation. But I've just read DJ's quotes on The Star webpage and all I can say is this: If there is a Chief Morale Officer out there wearing a Wednesday scarf then now's the time to hear from you. Please help fill this forum with uplifting optimism and positive vibes. Then again, that's the daftest thing, isn't it? Deep down, you're sure to be as worried as I am. Tomorrow's game is almost too important as it is but now there's even more riding on it. If DJ picks a team full of strangers and we get beat then all this pent up negativity is gonna come flooding out. Alternatively, if we play out of our skins, win handsomely and Howard weighs in with a hat-trick then the likes of me will get accused of heresy and chased out of town. Has any manager in the history of Sheffield Wednesday FC ever created such division amongst such loyal and long-suffering supporters? I'm almost dreading this. Up The Owls!
29/03/2013 09:02:00
trevor francis
Hirsty's Shinpads
29/03/2013 11:15:00
we should have signed howard 10 years ago, now I would say it is too late for that boy. however if we can stick it on his head and save his legs he might nod one or two in. can't say either of the of the two have even registered
Hirsty's Shinpads
29/03/2013 11:20:00
"of the other two"
Hirsty's Shinpads
29/03/2013 11:21:00
Hi, Bolton fan here. Holden is an excellent player, and I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that before his injury two years ago, he could have been playing for a team in the top six. Indeed, when he was fit and playing with Muamba, we were challenging for Europe. Once he was injured, we finished 14th that season and were relegated the next. Obviously, I can't say whether he'll reach those standards again after Nigel de Jong and then Jonny Evans broke his leg, but I still think you're getting a quality player.
29/03/2013 19:35:00
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