Sheffield Wednesday: Skipper happy to help Owls newcomers

Owls skipper Glenn Loovens
Owls skipper Glenn Loovens
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Wednesday skipper Glenn Loovens has promised to do all he can to help their foreign contingent acclimatise quickly to English football - should his services be required.

Wednesday skipper Glenn Loovens has promised to do all he can to help their foreign contingent acclimatise quickly to English football - should his services be required.

The Owls brought in a number of players from overseas over the summer, including Alex Lopez, Marco Matias and Lucas Joao. Loovens, who was partly to blame for Ipswich’s equaliser last weekend, has spent a big proportion of his career plying his trade at Championship level.

The Dutchman told The Star: “I have told the guys that if they have any questions or want to talk about anything they are welcome.

“If I feel there is something I need to tell them, I will but I’m not telling them stuff all the time. They need to experience things for themselves. Along the way, I will try to help them out.”

Loovens, who is set to make his 50th league start for the Owls against Reading tomorrow, admitted: “The Championship is not an easy league.

“The foreign guys will probably feel tired in a couple of months after 20 games or so but you have to get on with it.

“So far they have coped very well and hopefully they can keep it up.”

Although the Owls have brought in 11 new recruits, the centre-back insists they have retained the team spirit and togetherness which served them well last year.

Loovens added: “It makes your job a lot easier when you come to training with a smile on your face.”

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