LONG-SERVING forward Jermaine Johnson fears he will become surplus to requirements should Sheffield Wednesday go down.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s trip to relegation rivals Millwall, the Jamaican international has revealed he wants to extend his stay at Hillsborough. His contract runs out at the end of the season.
The skilful winger, who joined the Owls in 2007, has notched three goals in his last two outings, including a stunning double in the victory over Blackburn Rovers. He has filled the void left by the injured Michail Antonio and is playing a key role in the club’s survival fight. Johnson, who turns 33 in summer, hopes to maintain his fine form and persuade Wednesday boss Dave Jones to offer him a new deal.
He said: “I’m going to talk to the gaffer and tell him I want to stay. It is up to him and mostly me. I have to give my best for the team, try and get goals and keep fit.”
“I think we ought to know what competition we are in for the gaffer to talk to me,” he told The Star. “If we go down to League One, I don’t think he will want to keep me but in the Championship I think it is positive for me.”
Jones is challenging Johnson and Wednesday’s other out-of-contract stars to prove their worth over the final six matches of the season.
“I’ve got a lot of time for JJ,” said Jones, who is without Gary Madine (hamstring) for the clash with 15th-placed Millwall. “He likes it and is appreciated here.
“We have made no decisions on anybody and we won’t do that until we are safe and we know what we are trying to do next year.
“It is not just about the two goals JJ scored on Saturday. It is what he has done all season and what we think he can do for the rest of his footballing career. That’s what we will look at.”