Sheffield Wednesday: Striker calls on Owls

Gary Taylor-Fletcher in action for Blackpool against the Owls at Bloomfield Road last season

Gary Taylor-Fletcher in action for Blackpool against the Owls at Bloomfield Road last season

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Former Blackpool star Gary Taylor-Fletcher is being assessed by Wednesday after asking if he could train with them.

The striker has left the Seasiders this summer and will join in with the Owls today.

Manager Dave Jones, who is in the market for a forward, told The Star:

“He’s just training with us and we’ll see how it goes.”

Taylor-Fletcher will not figure in the friendly at Scunthorpe tomorrow and is not being taken on next week’s trip to Portugal.

Jones added: “Gary phoned and asked if he could train here. He was training with Wrexham - why not train with us? There’s no harm in it. We’re just looking at him.”

Taylor-Fletcher, aged 32, made a rise from non-League football to the Premier League and has scored in all four divisions.

He was a goalscorer at Lincoln and Huddersfield and rose to greater prominence at Blackpool.

The striker netted 36 league goals for the Seasiders and got one against Jones’ Cardiff side in the Championship play-off final of 2010.

Jones has played down Kevin Davies’ decision to join Preston though the 36-year-old was one of the players in whom he was interested:

“Preston is on Kevin’s doorstep and he’s got a two-year deal, which probably suits him better; it wasn’t a definite about us wanting him; we’re looking at other players as well.”

Wednesday new boy Jacques Maghoma will not be risked at Scunthorpe after picking up an ankle injury at Stockport on Tuesday.

Wolves are awaiting a decision from ex-Owls loan winger Jeremy Helan and are ready to pay Manchester City’s undisclosed price.