Sheffield Wednesday: Boss in no rush to decide O’Neill’s fate

Defender Shane O'Neill.
Defender Shane O'Neill.

Stuart Gray, the Sheffield Wednesday head coach, insists he is in no rush to make a decision on American defender Shane O’Neill’s future.

The Colorado Rapids centre-back is currently training with the Championship club and started in the Owls’ friendly development match with Middlesbrough on Tuesday. He delivered a polished performance as Wednesday won 1-0 thanks to a late strike by Rafa Floro.

O’Neill, who trained with Fulham last year, is regarded as one of the top talents in the in MLS. The former US Under-20 international was recommended to Gray by one of his contacts.

The 21-year-old could feature in the next friendly development fixture against Chesterfield on Tuesday November 25 at Middlewood Road, kick-off 11.30am.

Gray said: “We invited Shane over and he’s here until December 4. He did okay the other day. He only finished playing three weeks ago so he lost a bit of fitness. He looks a good prospect so it’s one that we monitor.”

The Wednesday chief has confirmed Lewis Buxton (knee) and Giles Coke (Achilles) will play no part in today’s lunchtime showdown at Huddersfield Town but has hinted Caolan Lavery could be included on the substitutes bench having recovered from a serious knee injury.

Gray, who could recall Royston Drenthe, said: “We have missed him because he’s a threat and he runs in behind. Caolan chases lost causes and puts defenders on the back foot. He has worked very hard to get back.”