Sheffield Wednesday: Owls await McPhail decision

Stephen McPhail is hoping for thumbs up on a deal with the Owls
Stephen McPhail is hoping for thumbs up on a deal with the Owls

Stephen McPhail could be making a farewell appearance for Wednesday at Burnley today as he ponders his future.

The club are awaiting his response to a contract offer, which followed talks between the two parties, and expect a decision next week.

The Owls hope that he will stay and could recall him for the clash with the promotion-chasing Clarets - the final game of his current short-term deal.

McPhail has told the club that he wants to stay but he will speak to other interested clubs if a deal cannot be agreed.

The 34-year-old midfielder could be recalled at Turf Moor and is valued by caretaker manager Stuart Gray for his play-making ability on the ball.

McPhail tends to come in as the extra midfield player in a switch to 4-5-1 for away games, instead of the 4-4-2 normally used at Hillsborough.

Gray says that the contract offer has gone in to the player’s agent.

Although not talking specifically about McPhail, the caretaker boss has also said that attempts to sign players can be complicated by agents exploring the possible market for their clients.

McPhail is looking for a Hillsborough deal to the end of the season.

Wednesday will also consider their overall strategy, as they are trying to bring in two strikers.

They parted company with Seyi Olofinjana after the midfielder’s contract ended on Boxing Day, feeling that the money saved needed to be used elsewhere.

Jose Semedo and Kieran Lee have become the first-choice central midfield partnership under Gray.

McPhail has acknowledged the form of his team-mates but is on record as saying: “If we can get a deal done here, we’ll get it done. If not I’ll speak to others and see how it goes from there.

“I enjoy it here. I don’t want to jump ship in the middle of a season. It’s not something I’ve done before.”

Gray has said: “We’re trying to thrash out a deal. We want Stephen to stay; he wants to stay.”

Former Owls loan star Keith Treacy, set to face them today, is looking for a new Burnley contract and has played the last four games - his longest run in the side since late 2011. He helped Wednesday achieve promotion in 2012.

“I’d love to stay,” he said.