Sheffield Wednesday: The only way is up insists joyful Jose Semedo

Jose Semedo
Jose Semedo

Jose Semedo says the Owls should only be looking in one direction next season.

But the Portuguese favourite is refusing to get caught up in talk of immediate promotion to the top flight.

With Hafiz Mammadov’s takeover of Wednesday edging closer, plenty of supporters are beginning to dream of a battle in the upper reaches of the Championship next term.

But Semedo says just improving on last term would represent a good season for the Owls.

“I don’t want any targets on next season,” he told the Star. “We have to take it game by game.

“Hopefully we will do better than what we did last season. If we do that, it will be a good season for the team.

“The only way is improvement, the only way is up.

“We have managed to stay in this division, we have established ourselves after two seasons so the only way is up.

“For any team established in the Championship, the only thing is to look up.

“Hopefully we can get this club back into the Premier League soon.

“That is where we belong. I have no doubt about it.”

Semedo this week penned a new one year contract with the option of an additional year, continuing his love affair with the club.

And he has now turned his attention to battling for a place in the heart of the Wednesday midfield.

Versatile Sam Hutchinson – who joined on a permanent deal earlier in the week – was regularly played in midfield by head coach Stuart Gray during his loan spell.

Keiran Lee made a central role his own last season while fringe men Giles Coke and Rhys McCabe have been told they will have a chance to lay claim to a starting role.

And that is before further potential midfield signings this summer.

Semedo says the competition can only be a good thing for the club and is relishing the challenge ahead of him.

“It is tough every year,” Semedo said. “It’s a long season so everybody will have an opportunity to play.

“Competition makes the team better. Nobody then feels safe. You have to make the team better.

“Giles, Sam, Kieran and Rhys are all good players. It can only be a good thing if we have strong competition.

“My place depends on me trying hard every day and working hard to try and get in the starting line-up.

“If I don’t and I’m a substitute, it is all about working to help the team when I come on.

“That is all in my control and it was my focus last season when I wasn’t in the team.

“I worked hard and I got my reward. I got back in the team and I am here again now. So that is what I will continue to do.”