SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Beevers boosted by Jones praise as he wins back place

Barnsley v Owls......Owls....Mark Beevers
Barnsley v Owls......Owls....Mark Beevers

MARK Beevers would be only too happy to discuss a new contract with Sheffield Wednesday.

The defender’s current deal runs out this summer and he has been encouraged by praise from manager Dave Jones.

Beevers also hopes to stay in the team and continue to stake his claim for a spot and another deal.

“If the manager wants to do something, we can sit down and talk about it; that’s ongoing, we’ll see what happens.” said the 23-year-old who made his first league start of the season for Wednesday last Saturday.

“I’ve got to roll my sleeves up, get in the team and show the new manager what I can do,” he added.

“He’s said a few good things about me, which is nice. I need to prove myself on the pitch.”

Jones regards it as ideal when home-grown talent becomes first-team material. He will be assessing all his players, and his final thinking about next season’s squad will be influenced by what division the club are in.

Although current centre-halves Rob Jones, Danny Batth and Miguel Llera have made it hard for Beevers to become a regular and resulted in his loan spell at MK Dons, before Christmas, the Barnsley-born centre-back has made a useful contribution at left-back in recent games, getting his chance as a sub there because of injuries and playing for the whole game in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Colchester.

He admits: “The lads have been doing well this season. Times were hard for me. I wasn’t getting a look-in. I needed to get some games and had to go on loan. I came back and it took a couple of months for me to get involved in the 16. I waited for my opportunity; now I’ve got it. Hopefully I’ve done enough to stay in on Saturday and so on.”

Beevers started against Blackpool in the Carling Cup and FA Cup and at Bradford in the JP Trophy.