Sheffield Wednesday: Boss Jones to continue global search

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The impending exit of Nejc Pečnik will not alter Sheffield Wednesday’s policy of recruiting players from abroad, Dave Jones has insisted.

Slovenian international Pečnik, who played for his country at the 2010 World Cup, arrived at Hillsborough last July on a free transfer, having left Portuguese side CD Nacional.

He made just five league starts for Jones’ men, however, and hasn’t featured since Wednesday’s FA Cup defeat to MK Dons back in January.

Jones revealed earlier this month that Wednesday were looking to move Pečnik on - but insists that the experience will not hold him back from bringing in future players from overseas.

“You have to look at everything,” the Owls boss said.

“If a player comes in, and you think that he is the right one, then you have to take a shot at it, if it’s not an expensive shot.

“For a short time, we thought Nejc was the right one. But unfortunately it didn’t work out.

“But still, you look at every option: I will travel anywhere.

“If somebody tells me there is a player somewhere, I will go anywhere to have a look.

“Why not? You should never dismiss anything. We try and look at everything.”

Jones has also taken punts with the relatively-unknown likes of Paul Corry, and points to Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke as an example of the rough diamonds that can be found.

“Look at Dwight,” Jones added.

“Aston Villa went on a tour, and he was just a kid playing football. They saw something in him, picked him up, and he ended up being a top, top player.

“That’s how crazy football is. It doesn’t matter where you go - there will be a player somewhere.

“I have always believed you never say no - if you get a tip-off, you should always go have a look yourself.

“If you don’t, you might miss something - and you will be kicking yourself if you do.”

This weekend, the Owls travel to Peterborough for a 5.20pm kick-off game, which will be televised live on Sky TV.

By the time that game kicks off, however, Wednesday’s Championship status could already be secured - if Barnsley and Wolves fail to beat Hull and Burnley respectively.

““It took us a while to adapt to this division,” Jones said.

“The players who are here have not played in it before, and some of the players who have come in have worked, some haven’t.

“It is work in progress, and it will be for a while, as we are trying to stablise a football club which has been hurting for a long time.

“We are trying to grow, get stronger and move forward.”

If, as expected, Wednesday do secure their Championship status on Saturday, then it will be a significant achievement for Jones, who kept his job in the wake of a disastrous run of results earlier in the campaign.

“The first people that you see when you walk into this club are the staff,” he says.

“So when we went through that patch (of seven straight defeats), you can’t be down.

“You have to be the bubbly one who keeps them going and picks them up.

“I have got nothing but admiration for my staff here and the players.

“But we have got so much to do here, all the way down to the youth level, just to make this a big club again.”

Wednesday, meanwhile, have invited supporters to cast their votes for the club’s Player of the Year award.

Votes can be cast on Wednesday’s official website, at