SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: New boy Kieran Lee’s ready for a right tussle with Lewis

New signing: Kieran Lee will provide competition for the right-back spot, says boss Dave Jones
New signing: Kieran Lee will provide competition for the right-back spot, says boss Dave Jones
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DAVE Jones is looking forward to a contest between Lewis Buxton and new signing Kieran Lee for the Wednesday right-back spot.

The Owls boss expects Lee to provide strong competition for Buxton, a regular in the promotion-winning side.

The newcomer accepts that he will have to fight for a place and he welcomes the challenge.

Jones told The Star: “He’s a player we’ve known about for quite a while.

“He’s maybe not the big one some people will be looking for but we have to look at other things as well and this is something I needed to do.

“He’s good on the ball, quick and he’ll certainly provide competition for Lewis Buxton. He was available on a Bosman free, and a lot of clubs were interested.”

Wednesday needed an additional right-back after the release of Jon Otsemobor.

Lee, aged 23, told The Star: “I know I’m going to have to work hard to get a chance. I’m prepared for that. Hopefully things will go well. It will be down to who plays best or works the hardest.

“When there’s competition it keeps you on your toes. I’ve come to the club to do the best I can. I’m looking forward to it and I hope things go well.”

Wednesday beat off competition to land the former Manchester United defender, who has left Oldham under freedom of contract.

He confirmed: “I spoke to a few clubs. Wednesday came in quite late and, as soon as I knew they wanted me, straight away they were the club I wanted to join.”

Lee became the second confirmed new arrival for the Owls this summer after the deal with keeper Chris Kirkland, with the announcement of the defender’s signing coming after he returned from holiday.