Sheffield Wednesday: Eyes on the future with young duo’s arrival

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While Stuart Gray looks to rebuild his squad for next season, the Owls have their eyes on the future with the club’s development squad.

Wednesday completed the signing of young defensive duo Matt Young and Ed Sanders earlier this week.

Both are tipped to join the development squad rather than forcing their way into Stuart Gray’s senior side this coming season.

Young and Sanders will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Caolan Lavery, who was snapped up two years ago as a 19-year-old with a view to the future.

Lavery made his Owls debut last season and went on to make 23 appearances, becoming a key figure in Gray’s plans towards the end of the season.

Full back Rafael Floro has also flourished since joining the Owls’ second string.

Floro has just returned from international duty with Portugal U21s who finished third in the Toulon Tournament.

The 20-year-old completed the full 90 minutes of Portugal’s first two group games and played the majority of their final group match.

He also played the entire game of the third-fourth place play-off as Portugal beat Gareth Southgate’s England side 1-0.

Owls coach Lee Bullen has tipped newcomers Sanders and Young to impress after joining from Stoke and Southampton respectively.

Bullen said: “Matt came into the club last season and did well.

“His character impressed the staff and that’s as important as ability because we want to bring players in with the right attitude.

“Ed was flagged up by the scouting network. We wanted to bring in a young centre back in to fill the void when we let Taylor McKenzie and Jonny Fenwick to leave.

“Hopefull we’ll see both players develop with us over the coming season.”