SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Ex-Everton youngster keeper back-up

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DAVE Jones was relieved that Chris Kirkland escaped injury when he was assaulted last week, because he was the Owls’ only fit goalkeeper.

Now Jones has brought in insurance with his signing of Adam Davies on a month-to-month contract.

It is also a reflection of Jones’s good relationship with Everton, his former club, who agreed to extend the loan of midfielder Ross Barkley.

Davies is 20 and came through the Everton academy, which he joined when he was 14.

He went on the first team’s pre-season trip to America last year and was a regular in the reserves last season, but was released in the summer.

He played for Cheltenham in a friendly and had a short spell with Southampton.

But with Stephen Bywater ruled out by pneumonia until the weekend, and Arron Jameson having suffered a recurrence of groin trouble, the Owls had no hesitation in offering the youngster a short-term deal.

He will be on the bench at Blackburn tonight, said Dave Jones, adding: “We’ve been assessing him. We think he is good enough to get this offer, and now he has a good opportunity to earn a longer one.”

Jones denies reports that Mark Beevers, who is on loan at Millwall, was set to stay with the Lions: “When you let somebody out, there’s always going to be speculation,” he said.

“There have never been any talks between me, Beevs or Millwall about a long-term deal. It’s basically him going out and playing games.