Sheffield Wednesday: Defender Joe Mattock signing welcomed by Owls boss Dave Jones

Owls signing: Joe Mattock.
Owls signing: Joe Mattock.

sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones has welcomed the signing of Joe Mattock and the strength it adds to his defence department.

The arrival of the West Brom and former Leicester left back follows the deals for keeper Chris Kirkland and right back Kieran Lee.

Jones has told The Star that he is pleased with the way the quality in depth of his defence and the competition for places is shaping up.

It is understood that the delayed signing of Crystal Palace centre half Anthony Gardner could be finalised next week.

Jones will now also look to strengthen his midfield and strike departments.

Mattock, aged 22, will move in on a three-year deal. He came through the ranks at Leicester and was sold when Milan Mandaric was their chairman: West Brom paid around £1m, in 2009, but he was released by them this summer.

He also had a four-month spell on loan at Sheffield United early in 2011 and made 13 appearances for the Blades. He has also been on loan at Portsmouth, for two months last season.

Jones said: “He comes from a Premier League club; he’s going to be another good addition to the squad and will provide competition at left back. He adds strength to the back department, which is what we’re trying to to do.

“He’s got experience - he’s played in the Championship and a few times in the Premier League. He’s got quality on the ball, and he has a youthfulness about about him.”

The full back also worked with Terry Burton at West Brom after the Owls assistant manager arrived there in December and before Mattock went on loan to Brighton for the second half of the season.

Jones added: “We asked Terry about him when we were doing a recce on him.

“It’s important that we get strong competition into the squad and add to it, to be able to compete at the level we’ll be in.”

Jones is in the market for two centre halves, with one of them thought to be Gardner,

The Owls boss added: “All of a sudden, you look at the back department and it’s nearly there.

“I’m working on the midfield and the forwards.

“If I get the players I want, they’ll all have experience in the Championship and the Premier League and be good athletes who can get about the pitch.”