SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Chris O’Grady no-go but kids attract loan interest

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DAVE Jones says that he has not spoken to Barnsley boss Keith Hill about Chris O’Grady.

It is the clearest hint yet that a member of the Owls side is not about to depart despite apparent interest from Oakwell.

But Jones admits that some of his young players are attracting attention: “There are people looking at our Under 21s because there are some good young players in there. It’s whether or not you let them out on loan.”

Jones accepts speculation as part of the game: “I don’t think it’s right to talk about players until they’ve gone away or come in. It means we must be doing ok if people are talking about our players. One thing I will say is that every day in football there are phone calls. People ask about players: if I gave you every phone call you’d fill your back page every day.

“I make inquiries, other people do. But truthfully I can say I haven’t spoken to the Barnsley manager.

“Chris Maguire would have gone out on loan to Portsmouth, had he not got injured; there might be one or two others who might go out when they’re fit or if we we feel they need games.”

Maguire could go on loan when he is fit, but Jones said: “That all depends on what we’ve got here, whether we’ve got injuries, and whether we feel it’s right. That changes all the time.”

Jones also explained that the signing of keeper Adam Davies on a short-term contract came about not only because Stephen Bywater and Arron Jameson were unfit but because Nicky Weaver has been out with a wrist injury since the start of the season.

He added: “Nicky is 33...we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we weren’t looking around at younger goalkeepers.”