A lazy eye

Always looking: Wednesday  manager Dave Jones says his search for new players never really stops

Always looking: Wednesday manager Dave Jones says his search for new players never really stops

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday manager Dave Jones wants to bolster his squad to stop them becoming complacent.

The emergency loan window closes next Thursday and Jones says he is eager to bring in reinforcements to enhance their prospects of gaining automatic promotion out of League One.

Jones, who has a 100 per cent record since officially replacing Gary Megson in the managerial hot-seat, believes players get “lazy” if they know their place in the team is not under threat.

He insists his desire to strengthen the Owls, who are in third position with 10 matches remaining, is no reflection on the players he has at his disposal.

Speaking ahead of their trip to in-form Notts County tomorrow, Jones said: “The problem is that teams don’t want to let good players go. If we can get somebody in, great; if we don’t, we will keep looking.

“I am always on the look-out, even if I signed a player tomorrow; I think that’s how your club progresses and never stands still. That’s nothing against the players who are here.

“Players love competition. If they haven’t got competition, they go lazy. They stop doing things because they know they are going to get the shirt.

“When they have got someone chasing the shirt, you certainly see the best of them.

“I’m trying to instil competition all around the place. That doesn’t mean they can play well on a Saturday and take their foot off the gas during the week. If they do that, they could end up losing the shirt.

“We all want to win things and anybody here who doesn’t want to do that can go find somewhere else, but I have not had that feeling with the lads. I have had nothing but a good reception from them.”

Jones said he came close to making his first signing earlier in the week but the deal collapsed after the player picked up an injury.

Although Wednesday were set to run the rule over Steven Tames before the striker pulled out of a trial and opted to join Accrington Stanley, Jones says he wants to improve all areas of the side.