Sheffield Wednesday: Buxton keen on JJ staying

Lewis Buxton has signed a new two-year contract and hopes he and the Owls can push on
Lewis Buxton has signed a new two-year contract and hopes he and the Owls can push on

Lewis Buxton, the Owls’ Player of the Year, welcomes the signs that Jermaine Johnson will follow him in signing a new Hillsborough contract.

Buxton wants to help the club on an upward path after signing his two-year deal and is banking on Johnson doing the same.

A double signing would keep together the club’s two longest-serving senior players who have often formed the right flank of the team.

“JJ is away with Jamaica at the moment but hopefully it will get sorted when he gets back,” the Owls right back told The Star.

“He is tough to play against and a real threat.

“We’ve both been at the club a long time. He’ll be desperate to for one more opportunity to push on and do well and look for promotion.

“If he signs as well it will keep some longevity going - something you don’t see a lot of.

“There will be a few familiar faces. All the lads who are definitely staying are desperate to do well.

“We ended the season with five loan players and they played a big part. A lot depends on whether we sign them and on who we sign this summer, and we’ve got a few younger players who will be looking to come through.”

Buxton, who was also linked with Forest, has been with the Owls since 2008, Johnson since 2007, and the winger has indicated that he will sign a new deal.

Wednesday are also waiting for decisions from Giles Coke, David Prutton, Miguel Llera and Stephen Bywater, while Barnsley have revealed that they have made a second bid for Chris O’Grady, and the Owls have been linked with Leicester centre half Sean St Ledger.

But Buxton is delighted that his future is secured: “I wasn’t really going to sign anywhere else.

“My family are here - my wife is pregnant - and I’m emjoying my football at Wednesday.

“Hopefully we can push on. I want to improve and I want the team to improve.”