I don’t like to be beside the Seaside: Owls ace

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LOAN defender Miguel Llera wants to stay with the second-place Owls and help them win promotion.

The centre half whose loan runs to January sees no future at Blackpool and is out to impress Gary Megson and earn a Hillsborough contract.

“I would like to be here, if I can, because it is a very good club,” he said. “I am playing to try to get a deal for the future. I’m not thinking I am going back to Blackpool because I know my situation there. I train hard every day to earn a place. At Blackpool that is impossible. My target here is promotion and to play next year in the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday.”

Megson has said that the deals for new arrivals Llera, James Tavernier and Sanchez Watt are strictly loans so far and what happens after that will be decided later.

The Owls must do without Llera for Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Aldershot: he is Cup-tied, having playing in the competition for Brentford while on loan there.

Danny Batth, his centre-back partner in Saturday’s 1-0 win against Leyton Orient, will also be missing; he picked up his fifth booking of the season will serve a one-match ban. But captain Rob Jones, replaced as skipper by Jose Semedo on Saturday, will be back from suspension and Megson could switch Reda Johnson from left back to centre half. Loan right back James Tavernier has been given permission to play by his club, Newcastle. The Owls have yet to learn from Arsenal whether or not loan forward Sanchez Watt will be available. Watt was left out on Saturday because the rules permit only five loan players in a match 16. Megson praised the debuts of Llera and Tavernier. The Spaniard believes a draw between leaders Charlton and third-placed Huddersfield may be the best result tonight, for it would mean both of the Owls’ main promotion rivals dropping points.

“The important thing is that we got three points, kept a clean sheet and went into second position,” he said. “Now we see what happens tonight.”