Sheffield Wednesday: Beevers excited by return

Mark Beevers challenges Jermaine Johnson at Millwall last season
Mark Beevers challenges Jermaine Johnson at Millwall last season

Mark Beevers uses the word “strange” more than once when talking about his return to Hillsborough with Millwall on Saturday.

He will be using the away dressing for the first time and still puzzles over his exit from the Owls almost a year ago.

It was a loan deal followed by a £600,000 full transfer in January.

There are no hard feelings for the 23-year-old Barnsley lad who had his football upbringing with Wednesday but was replaced by an ex-England centre half, Anthony Gardner.

Beevers, back in Barnsley on a day off this week, told The Star he is looking forward to an “exciting” day on Saturday: “Going into the away changing room is going to be strange.

“On the pitch I hope I get a good reception from the fans.

“A lot of the lads have gone since I was there. When I went it was strange. The club seemed keen to sign me in the summer, I signed a two-year deal. Anthony Gardner came in and I started on the bench. He got injured and I got in the team. Then he started playing again.

“All of a sudden Millwall came in. We had an unbelievable 13-match unbeaten run, which was nice. When Gardner got injured around December time, there was talk of me being recalled.

“But Millwall didn’t want me to go; we were doing so well. I ended up putting pen to paper on a deal that kicked in, in January.

“I’m happy. When a southern club come in for you, you think ‘do I want to do that?’ But it was one of the best things I’ve ever done.

“The big sacrifice is you don’t see your family and friends as much. But you get to know different people and players. I’ve got a house down there (in Kent), I’m pretty much settled but I come back here when I can - and I always will do when I’ve done bouncing about the country!”

Obviously it will be strictly business on Saturday: “We both need three points. Wednesday have got one. We need to get off the mark. It’s early days yet.

“We haven’t made a great start but I’m sure things will pick up.”