Sheffield Wednesday: JJ urged to reach the top

Jermaine Johnson, who recently signed a new one-year deal, frightens defences with his pace
Jermaine Johnson, who recently signed a new one-year deal, frightens defences with his pace
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Central midfielder Giles Coke has challenged Sheffield Wednesday teammate Jermaine Johnson to be more consistent and prove he deserves a shot at the big time.

Johnson played an influential role in Wednesday beating the drop last season, scoring four goals in his last seven outings.

His flair, speed and creativity repeatedly troubled defences in the final months of the campaign, prompting Owls manager Dave Jones to offer the Jamaican international a new one-year contract at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old, Wednesday’s longest-serving player, having moved to Hillsborough from Bradford City, accepted the Owls terms and Coke expects the mercurial winger to be a key man in the up-and-coming campaign.

“For me, JJ is a Premier League player and I have always said that,” Coke told The Star. “When he is in form, he is unstoppable. He is a top, top player.

“Just some weeks, you don’t know what you are going to get from him. If he can get that consistency, he will definitely be a big part of what we do next season.”

“JJ is unpredictable and can be frustrating at times,” he added. “We give him a little bit of abuse in training but he gives it us back!

“He is a really nice guy and good to have around the place.”

Johnson could feature in tomorrow’s pre-season friendly with Glasgow Rangers, kick-off 8pm. The fixture is set to attract a crowd in excess of 15,000. Just under 5,000 tickets have been snapped up by Rangers supporters.

Wednesday’s fans have until 5pm today to buy tickets for the club’s only pre-season warm-up match on home soil. Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £5 concessions and will not be available on the day of the match.

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