Strike ace on trial at Sheffield Wednesday

Rotherham Utd v Sheffield Wednesday.....Howard  Webb refeering leads out the teams at Don Valley
Rotherham Utd v Sheffield Wednesday.....Howard Webb refeering leads out the teams at Don Valley

SHEFFIELD Wednesday are taking a look at Irish striker Padraig Amond.

The 23-year-old who plays in Portugal was handed a surprise outing as a second-half sub in last night’s 2-1 win against Rotherham United and will play for part of tonight’s friendly at Stocksbridge.

Gary Megson praised his performance at Don Valley Stadium but said it is too early to assess whether he may be signed.

Amond is due to spend the rest of the week on trial with the Owls.

He is a former Republic of Ireland under-21 international who had spells with Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers and a loan spell at Kildare County, and is currently with Portuguese Premier League side Pacos de Ferreira.

Owls boss Megson said last night. “He only arrived today. We chucked him in and he did well. He ran in behind, stretched the game and gave us a bit more room to play.

“He’ll play for another 45 minutes at Stocksbridge. His enthusiasm and willingness to run in behind people made other players play better.”

Amond replaced Clinton Morrison at half time.

In the bid to land his four major transfer targets, Megson has had a meeting with chairman Milan Mandaric and vice-chairman Paul Aldridge. “We made two offers over the weekend that were both turned down,” he said. He refused to discuss names but said the club so far have been unable to agree terms with Neil Mellor, though an agreement has been reached with his club, Preston.

Injuries and the shortage of players resulted in Megson making only three changes for last night’s match, after Saturday’s 3-0 win at Worksop, and he named only five players on the bench.

n Match report: P38