Sheffield Wednesday: Coke can target goal bonus

Giles Coke has scored five goals for the Owls so far
Giles Coke has scored five goals for the Owls so far
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Dave Jones feels that Giles Coke has the ability to add goals to his other talents.

The midfield player’s broad potential is one of the factors in him being offered a new contract.

Coke regained his place in the Wednesday team mainly because of his play-making ability on the ball.

But boss Jones feels that he can improve on the ratio of only five goals for the Owls in his 55 appearances so far:

“Giles is a talented player who deserves a lot of credit for what he did for us after he came back to the club last season.

“But he could score more - and I’m told he is capable of it.

“That could be the next step in his career - getting more goals.”

First however, Coke has to decide on his future. He will be 27 on Monday so his next contract could be an important one, before he heads into the latter stages of his career.

Jones feels that the player’s efforts last season may have been spurred by a realisation that he was in danger of being released this summer.

He had been on loan at Bury and Swindon, and came back from the Robins with a foot injury that was a blow to his immediate Hillsborough prospects.

After regaining fitness he was shocked by his call-up for the televised game at Hull in January but was determined to make the most of his chance and earned a regular place in the side..

Although niggled by the foot injury and having missed out on a few appearances because of it, he believes that some rest this summer will result in him being fully fit for the start of pre-season.

It has yet to be confirmed whether or not he will be staying.

Jones accepts it as part of the game that out-of-contract players will wait to see what other options they may have, before committing themselves on a new deal.

But Wednesday are confident that most of their six who have offers on the table will re-sign: Coke, David Prutton, Stephen Bywater, Lewis Buxton, Miguel Llera and Jermaine Johnson.

Coke was unlucky in having a goal wrongly disallowed in the 3-1 win at Hull. His last goal for Wednesday was in a 4-2 home defeat by Plymouth in March, 2010.

His comeback to the team at Hull was his first league start for the the Owls since April, 2010. He scored six goals for Bury during two loan spells in 2011-12.

Season-tickets will be on sale at discount prices at Hillsborough until 5pm on Saturday, June 8.

The same deadline applies to any season-ticket holders who have yet to renew their tickets.

Prices will rise on Monday, June 10, when any unsold seats will be on general sale.

Wednesday already have almost 1,000 new season-ticket holders signed up for next season.