Sheffield Wednesday: Owls old boy bids to earn Rovers deal

Giles Coke
Giles Coke

Sheffield Wednesday’s Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers have handed a trial to midfielder Giles Coke.

Rovers are understood to be taking a look at the 29-year-old, who was released by the Owls following the end of the 2014/15 season.

Up until sustaining an Achilles injury last November, Coke was an integral part of Wednesday’s first-team set-up and arguably scored the goal of the campaign in their opening-day triumph at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Following a three-month lay-off, the former Mansfield, Northampton Town, Motherwell and Bury player failed to force his way back into Stuart Gray’s plans, leading to him joining Bolton Wanderers on a temporary basis in March. He made four appearances for the Trotters.

Another former Owls player reportedly on Blackburn’s radar is Chris Maguire. The forward is searching for a new club, having rejected Wednesday’s reduced-terms one-year contract offer.

It is understood Maguire held talks with Bolton over a possible move last month. The 26-year-old has also been linked with Leeds United and Rotherham United.

In the last two seasons, Maguire has bagged 18 goals for Wednesday, although a number of those strikes have come from the penalty spot. Primarily a centre forward, Maguire was frequently utilised out wide by ex-Owls chief Gray, making 46 appearances in all competitions.

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