Joy for Jones as duo sign

New boy: Nile Ranger
New boy: Nile Ranger

DAVE Jones has told of his delight over the deadline day double signing of Keith Treacy and Nile Ranger.

The Wednesday boss also revealed that he twice tried to sign Ranger for Cardiff.

Now winger Treacy and striker Ranger have joined the Owls for the rest of the season from Burnley and Newcastle respectively and rewarded Jones’s efforts to bolster his squad for the final promotion push.

“It’s been hectic and hard work because clubs mostly don’t want to let players go, but I’m glad we’ve made these signings,” Jones told The Star.

“Keith is a footballer, he’s played in the Championship, and can add to the squad with that experience.

“He’s technically very good - a good crosser and a good wide player.

“Nile has played in the Premier League; he’s a big strong boy; he’s got a goal in him; he’s quick and is fantastic in the air - he’s got a great leap.

“I tried to sign him when I was at Cardiff, in the early part of last year - they (Newcastle) wouldn’t let him out; I also tried the year before that when he was in the reserves.”

Both signings are in the squad for tomorrow’s match at Leyton Orient but Jones is not saying whether they will play. “It’s good competition for everybody,” he said,

Treacy, aged 23, can play on either flank but is left-footed. Ranger, aged 20, is a 6ft 2in centre forward.

Jones added: “I’m delighted. At one stage I didn’t think anything was going to happen; we waited and worried about whether we were going to get them, but we got both of them before the deadline, which was really good.”

Treacy, a Republic of Ireland international, had a four-month loan spell at Sheffield United in late 2009, when he was a Blackburn player.

Ranger made five pre-Christmas appearances for Barnsley this season in a loan period that was cut short by a foot injury.