Alan Biggs at Large: Mandaric’s six appeal for Wednesday

Milan Mandaric with Dave Jones
Milan Mandaric with Dave Jones

Sometimes the best summer signings are the ones you keep - and Milan Mandaric expects Sheffield Wednesday to agree fresh deals with ALL six players made new offers by the club.

The Owls chairman also tells this column of his determination to help manager Dave Jones land a goalscorer. “We’re looking for a good finisher,” says Mandaric.

But his first priority is to tie-up the team’s existing assets following right back Lewis Buxton’s commitment to a two-year contract.

Mandaric is convinced that Jermaine Johnson, Miguel Llera, David Prutton, Giles Coke and number two keeper Stephen Bywater will follow suit.

“I’m confident in all cases,” he said. “I don’t see any serious danger of them not signing. We want them and I think they want to sign.”

Chris O’Grady is in a different category and set for Barnsley despite early posturing that suggested a deal was dead. Mandaric, referring to “a certain flexibility,” regards it as a normal negotiating platform.

It is in O’Grady’s position that Wednesday anticipate making their highest outlay, which also suggests a willingness to offload the striker to help finance those plans.

“We are looking at where we need to improve and we really need to score more goals,” added Mandaric, who is nonetheless aiming to see Jones strengthen “all three lines” of the team.

“We don’t need to turn things upside down, although we are looking to find new homes for those who didn’t contribute much last season.”

Oh, and those club takeover rumours can be dismissed for the time being.

“Right now, I don’t see anything tangible on the table,” says Mandaric, open about considering any offer that satisfies him and advances the club.