Owls bank on reduced squad for promotion bid

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Gary Megson is banking on quality rather than quantity as he bids to shape a squad capable of flying high in League One.

The Owls manager is delighted that new signings Rob Jones, David Prutton, Jose Semedo and Julian Bennett are helping him to achieve that aim.

Megson also welcomes the decision by clubs that only five subs will have to be named on team sheets for League games instead of seven.

“I’ve gone all the way down the line of quality rather than quantity,” he said.

“We’ll have to accept at times that we look thin but I’d rather have 23 really good players than 40 average ones.

“I’m really pleased with the four lads we’ve brought in - free transfers all of them, but free transfers through circumstances.

“Julian Bennett could have gone back to Forest; Rob Jones had a couple of years left on his contract, so I think that was a financial issue.

“Jose Semedo was a free but a Bosman: if we wanted, we could put him on the market and sell him now.

“David Prutton was a free transfer because he didn’t want to play in League Two for Swindon.

“I want a squad where if we do have to change the players the quality of the team doesn’t change. At times we’re going to have to take short-term loans, at times we’re going to look thin on the ground, but what I want more than anything is a really strong 11.”

League clubs voted for the cut in subs because of financial concerns about sustaining large squads.

Megson said: “I think it’s a sensible idea, and you should lean towards quality rather than quantity.”

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