Milan clears decks for new arrivals

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Milan Mandaric is aiming to clear the decks for more Sheffield Wednesday signings, vowing not to let the club’s squad get “out of control.”

Milan Mandaric is aiming to clear the decks for more Sheffield Wednesday signings, vowing not to let the club’s squad get “out of control.”

But he confirms his commitment to bringing back Neil Mellor, describing the striker’s contract dispute as only “a little stumbling block”.

Mandaric’s wider concern is that Wednesday are carrying a squad of around 30 senior players.

Manager Gary Megson’s summer clear-out began yesterday when striker Paul Heffernan, who had been linked with a move to Kilmarnock, left Wednesday by mutual consent.

The 29-year-old made just three League One starts last season after joining from Doncaster Rovers.

After the arrivals of Rob Jones and David Prutton, the Owls manager is targeting seven more signings to complete a nine-man wish-list.

The Owls owner is determined to push through as many as possible, but equally mindful of the need to off-load.

“That’s important as well,” he told the Telegraph. “We need to have the right number and balance in the squad. It is heavy now. If we brought in another seven it would be out of control.

For the full story see this week’s Telegraph.