Owls chief ponders loan cure for injuries

New boys: Ryan Lowe, left, and David Kasnik on their first day at Middlewood.                Picture: Barry Richardson
New boys: Ryan Lowe, left, and David Kasnik on their first day at Middlewood. Picture: Barry Richardson

GARY Megson is refusing to rule out another signing after the loan market opens for Football League clubs next week.

The arrivals of Ryan Lowe and David Kasnik and loan exits of Mark Beevers and Giles Coke went through this week before the closure of the August transfer window.

But Owls boss Megson is prepared to use the loan system if necessary as injuries continue to nibble at his squad.

He admitted that in an ideal world he might have been tempted to seek another signing before Tuesday night’s deadline, but he explained: “I’m fully aware of the conditions that exist here and the wage bill they want to work to, and the amounts of money that might be available for players, and the board know what kind of numbers I want.

“I don’t want 45 players sitting in the stand, it’s too much. We weren’t particularly doing anything [incoming on Tuesday]; one of the things we might possibly have done, we’ll still be able to do it in a week’s time if we want.

“When everybody is fit, I’m quite pleased with the squad. But not everybody is fit at the moment and there are times when you might have to do a short-term loan to get you over the problems that exist.”

Megson also revealed that the Beevers and Coke moves to MK Dons and Bury respectively went through partly as a cost-cutting measure.

“Paul Aldridge [chief executive] came and said he’d like the wage bill taking down a little bit,” he said.

“There was interest in Mark and Giles; we have brought in other players in their positions. They want to play. We haven’t got the reserve team, and they would want to play in that anyway; most senior pros don’t.

“It’s just an opportunity for them to play, and we can always bring them back after a month if we wanted to. We’ll wait and see what happens.”

New striker Lowe, from Bury, and loan defender Kasnik, from Slovenia, trained with the club for the first time yesterday.

Beevers’ last game was the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at Bradford.

Megson has taken a swipe at his critics after his use of three early substitutions at Valley Parade caused a stir.

He said: “Everybody has an opinion; I’ve heard one or two brainless ones given without a great deal of knowledge of what was going on.

“We have a squad of 24, and eight of them were unavailable. My only reservation concerned our supporters; I knew they would travel in numbers.

“I’ve heard one or two say that if they’d known [about the substitutions] they wouldn’t have turned up.

“But I couldn’t tell supporters what I was going to do, because that was another rule the Football League stuck in: that you couldn’t talk detrimentally about the competition, and I didn’t, I said it was great that Johnstone’s Paint were sponsoring it.

“I fulfilled the rules [by starting with six first-teamers.] We drew 0-0. The players who went on the pitch did ever so well.

“My job is not about adhering to the spirit [of the game] or any of that stuff; my job’s just about Sheffield Wednesday.

“The chairman made a statement last season about what he expects. He didn’t mention any competition other than the league.

“We still want to win every competition we’re in, but the league games always have to be the priority.”

Megson also said that Nicky Weaver - who was replaced by Richard O’Donnell in the second minute at Bradford - was not fully fit and would not even have started if it had been a league game.

Weaver will be ready for the televised match at Charlton on Monday.

Coventry have been enthusing over the deadline-day signing from Norwich of former Owls target Cody McDonald. Manager Andy Thorn said: “Cody was always my number one choice. I told the chairman I wanted him a couple of months ago and, to be fair, he’s gone and got him.

“He plays off the shoulder and gets in behind and, crucially, scores goals.

“He’s an exciting player who has a proven track record. We believe that he is capable of producing at this level and we are delighted to have him on board.”

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson has welcomed Beevers, saying: “Mark is someone I had on my radar in the summer, I spoke to a lot of people about him but I never thought it would be possible to capture him for the loan period we have [up to December 31].

“He’s good on the ball, which is a necessity, he likes to play the right way and I think he will fit right into what is emerging as a very strong, athletic team.”