Sheffield Wednesday: Jones leaves door open for Taylor return

Martin Taylor may get another chance to resurrect his career at Hillsborough.
Martin Taylor may get another chance to resurrect his career at Hillsborough.

Dave Jones, the Sheffield Wednesday manager, has hinted that defender Martin Taylor may still have a future with the Championship strugglers.

Taylor has found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Hillsborough since Jones swooped to sign the centre-half for an undisclosed fee from Watford in August 2012.

The 33-year-old has made just 10 league starts in Owls colours and his last outing came in the goalless draw at Birmingham City, one of his former clubs, back in mid-February. Indeed, Taylor has played just three times for Jones’ side this calendar year and two of those appearances came in the FA Cup.

It was a month ago the Owls agreed to let Taylor move to League One promotion contenders Brentford on a temporary basis. The Northumberland-born player has started the Bees’ last five matches, scoring two goals. Taylor’s impressive form has prompted Brentford boss Uwe Rosler to extend his loan deal and the experienced defender will now stay at Griffin Park until November 3.

Jones has explained his decision to allow Taylor to remain with Brentford.

“He wants and needs games,” the Wednesday boss told The Star. “It is as simple as that.

“Players just want to play games and Martin wanted to play. He is a good professional. He didn’t just want to stay here and pick up his money. He felt he would be better off playing.

The Owls, lying in 22nd position in the second-tier of English football, have yet to keep a clean sheet this season and Jones insists Taylor’s career is not over at Hillsborough.

“We don’t just loan our players out and leave them to it,” he said. “We have them watched. Martin has done really well.

“Everyone who is part of the club always has a chance. It is up to them to stake their claim.”