Sheffield Wednesday: Gray ‘won’t be made to wait by players and agents’

Stuart Gray
Stuart Gray

Stuart Gray says he will not be messed around by agents this summer as he plots to build a Wednesday squad capable of challenging for promotion next season.

And he insists transfer targets will be told in no uncertain terms to make their minds up quickly about joining the Owls.

The Wednesday head coach is keen to do business quickly but admits agents hold plenty of power in the transfer market.

Gray will not however be sitting by the phone should potential targets drag their heels over a move to Hillsborough.

“Recruitment is the most important thing for us this summer and getting players in through the door as quickly as possible,” Gray said.

“But unfortunately the game is driven by agents.

“We might make an offer to a player and the agent might then bounce it around a few other clubs.

“We need answers and we’ll be putting pressure on lads.”

Gray will this week meet with sporting directors Glenn Roeder and Adam Pearson for the first in-depth discussions since the duo were appointed last month.

Top of the agenda will be the club’s retained list with 16 players out of contract, though Gray insists he will have the final say over who stays and who goes.

And then the trio will turn their attention to a list of transfer targets as they bid to meet the target of owner Dejphon Chansiri’s to win promotion to the Premier League by 2017.